The Personal and Social Development (PSD) qualifications offer imaginative ways of supporting young people in:
as well as introducing them to new activities and personal challenges.
Read the full PSD specifications:
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.
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 for 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:
|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.
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 at all levels.
Student books supporting the PSD qualifications are available for registered centres to download for free.
Following registration, you will be able to purchase candidate registrations and access additional resources and guidance via the members area.
Free regional support meetings are held throughout the year and are open to any staff involved in delivering PSD.
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.