ASDAN offers a range of nationally approved qualifications based around the development of personal, social and employability skills:

  • Entry 1, 2 and 3 (Access) qualifications meet the needs of learners working below GCSE (Intermediate) level (see ASDAN's SEN provision information booklet)
  • Levels 1 and 2 (Intermediate) qualifications are comparable to GCSEs
  • Level 3 (Higher) qualifications are A/AS-level comparable
  • Level 4 accreditation represents a Certificate of Higher Education

ASDAN qualifications contribute towards school/college performance measures and Ofsted requirements. Download this information sheet for details.

UCAS points have been ascribed to the CoPE, AoPE, Wider Key Skills and Community Volunteering qualifications at Level 3.

Qualifications Approval

ASDAN qualifications are approved for pre- and post-16 provision by the regulatory authorities for England (Ofqual), Wales (DfES) and Northern Ireland (CCEA), and by the Secretary of State under Sections 96 and 97 of the Learning and Skills Act.

Each qualification sits within the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) or Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), and some have approval within the SCQF in Scotland.

All ASDAN qualifications have successfully passed the Ofqual review and extension process - check approval dates.

Centre requirements

All centres must go through the Centre Approval Process before becoming a fully approved centre for ASDAN qualifications.

Quality Assurance (QA) maintains the validity and reliability of all ASDAN's qualifications. Download the QA Guidance to familiarise yourself with the requirements.

Centres planning to run an ASDAN qualification must ensure that at least one member of staff attends the relevant Training workshop.

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As an awarding organisation, ASDAN must adhere to the regulatory conditions set out by Ofqual.

Before becoming a fully approved centre for ASDAN qualifications, all centres are required to provide us with copies of key policies and procedures via the Centre Approval section within the secure area of this website. 

Once these policies are checked and accepted, full approval status will be granted.

Requirements

The following policies are required:

  • Appeals Policy (see example)
  • Access to Fair Assessment Policy (see example)
  • Equality and Diversity Policy (see example)
  • Malpractice Policy (see example)
  • Internal Moderation policy (see example)

We also require centres to submit a completed Staffing Update Form and Centre Compliance Declaration. The Satellite and Partnership Arrangements Form must be completed by all centres that have numerous sites or partners.

How to submit

The policy documents must be uploaded through the secure Centre Approval section of the website. You can also find further guidance and sample documents/statements in this section.

Once submitted, each document will be reviewed by ASDAN’s Quality Assurance team. Only fully approved centres can submit candidate names for moderation.

For more information, contact the Quality Assurance team or read the FAQs.

ASDAN wishes to make sure that all candidates have fair treatment as they work towards their chosen qualification. If at any stage during the assessment of your portfolio you feel that your assessor has taken a decision that you consider to be unfair, you have the right to appeal.

This is what you should do:

  • First of all, if possible, discuss the matter with your assessor. Do this as soon as possible after the assessment decision or event (no more than two weeks).
  • If you cannot sort it out with your assessor, write down what has happened and send or give the information to the ASDAN co-ordinator at your centre for the qualification you have taken (no more than three weeks after the assessment decision).
  • The co-ordinator will try to resolve the problem (this may involve re-assessment of evidence, or giving you another assessor).
  • If at the end of this process you still feel the decision taken was unfair, you may appeal in writing* to the Head of Quality Assurance at ASDAN Central Office, who will implement ASDAN's appeals procedure.

* If you need help in doing this, your centre's ASDAN co-ordinator will give you advice.

Award of Personal Effectiveness(AoPE) Award-sized QCF qualification at Levels 1, 2 and 3

Certificate of Personal Effectiveness Level 1 and 2(CoPE) Certificate-sized NQF qualification at Levels 1 and 2

Certificate of Personal Effectiveness Level 3(CoPE) Certificate-sized NQF qualification at Level 3

Community Volunteering Qualifications(CVQ) Award and Certificate-sized QCF qualifications from Entry 3 to Level 3

Diploma in Life Skills Diploma-sized QCF qualification at Entry 1-3

Employability Award and Certificate-sized QCF qualifications from Entry 2 to Level 3

Personal and Social Development(PSD) Award and Certificate-sized QCF qualifications at Entry 1-3 and Levels 1 and 2

Personal Progress Award, Certificate and Diploma-sized QCF qualifications at Entry 1

Unit Accreditation Individual QCF units from Entry 1 to Level 3

Wider Key Skills Individual NQF qualifications at Levels 1 to 4