Wider Key Skills are skills that are commonly needed for success in a range of activities in education and training, work and life in general. They are:
Evidence for the Wider Key Skills may be drawn from work undertaken within: GCSE, GCE, NVQ Qualifications; ASDAN programmes; work experience; employment; voluntary or youth work.
ASDAN no longer offers Wider Key Skills at Level 4 as of September 2016. Please see the associated withdrawal notice for full details.
The Wider Key Skills qualifications aim to develop and recognise each candidate’s ability to apply these skills in ways that are appropriate to different contexts and to improve the quality of their learning and performance. They are intended for everyone, from pupils in schools to chief executives in large companies.
Due to the generic and flexible delivery approach used with Wider Key Skills, no definitive delivery time (Guided Learning Hours) is specified. However, it is anticipated that each Wider Key Skill will take approximately 30 to 40 hours, based on guidance for delivery and funding at Post-16.
Download the standards for the three Wider Key Skills (Problem Solving, Improving own Learning and Performance, Working with Others) at Levels 1-4.
Wider Key Skills are often used to support existing programmes or projects.
The BEAM Project Case Study explains how the ASDAN Wider Key Skill qualification, Improving Own Learning and Performance has been used to accredit the Be Engaged Achieve More Project, with 150 students in Coventry.
This Youtube video shows how Whitley Abbey school has used the Wider Key Skill of Working with Others to accredit part of their ‘Opening Minds’ programme.
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 Wider Key Skills.
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.