What is it?

The Personal and Social Development (PSD) qualifications offer imaginative ways of supporting young people in:

  • Becoming confident individuals who are physically, emotionally and socially healthy
  • Being responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society and embrace change
  • Managing risk together with their own wellbeing

as well as introducing them to new activities and personal challenges.


Who is it for?

PSD at Entry 1, 2 and 3 is used by students aged 14+ and adults in the Foundation Learning stage of their development. PSD Levels 1 & 2 is used by mainstream establishments for students aged 14-19, and also for adults. These qualifications also play a major role in rewarding achievement within the non-formal sector.

Facts and figures

  • Nationally recognised certification
  • Accreditation for existing PSHE and PSD activities
  • Opportunities to include activities both inside and outside of school and in non-formal situations
  • 100% coursework and postal moderation

Structure

Learners have to complete enough units to reach the required number of credits for a particular size of qualification. At Entry 1-3, 6 credits are required for an Award, and 13 credits or a Certificate. At Levels 1 and 2, 8 credits are required for an Award, and 13 for a Certificate. Each credit is equivalent to around 10 hours of learning time.

Although not counting in headline measures, results achieved in PSD will be reported in addition to the school performance tables:

  Award Certificate
Entry 1 5 points 10 points
Entry 2 6 points 12 points
Entry 3 7 points 14 points
Level 1 12.5 points 25 points
Level 2 23 points 46 points


Download a full list of qualification (QAN) codes and performance figures.


Units and Standards

Download the standards for PSD at Entry 1-3 or at Levels 1 and 2. Please note that centres registering to deliver PSD will be able to access a full copy of the Standards with Guidance, which provides key information on how to interpret and implement the standards. Download sample units from the PSD Standards with Guidance.

Download a table of PSD units and credit requirements at all levels.

Student books

Student books supporting the PSD qualifications are available for registered centres to download for free. Click the thumbnail images below for sample copies:

PSD E1 book cover  PSD E2 book cover
PSD E3 book cover psd1and2cover

Getting started

For centres new to ASDAN, your first step is to complete the Centre Registration Form. Current ASDAN centres need to ensure that PSD is added to their centre's registration.

Following registration, you will be able to purchase candidate registrations and access additional resources and guidance via the members area.


Training and support

All centres running PSD must have an ASDAN-trained co-ordinator; ASDAN provides introductory training workshops and can arrange in-house training.

Free regional support meetings are held throughout the year and are open to any staff involved in delivering PSD. Two resource packs are available to purchase, one covering PSD at Level 1, the other Entry 1-3. Download an information flyer to find out more.

Assessment

After students' work has been internally moderated, centres must register candidates for external moderation, which is carried out by post. ASDAN will issue certificates following successful external moderation.

What's Next?





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