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Adventure and Residential Short Course

About this course

What is it?

The Adventure and Residential Short Course accredits up to 60 hours of out-of-centre activities. This could encompass outward-bound, adventure, sports-based or youth centre residentials, geography field trips, arts visits, history trips, museums and galleries, heritage sites, foreign language trips and exchanges, urban or rural visits, citizenship courses, workshops on nature or environment and summer schools.

The flexibility of ASDAN's Short Courses means that they can be carried out in a variety of settings, over a time period to suit the individual or co-ordinating centre. Challenge descriptions can be interpreted and adapted according to the situation.

This Short Course can be completed using the student book or is available for learners to complete online through the ASDAN e-portfolio system. Learners log in to complete challenges, record skills development and upload evidence. Tutors can view learner progress and sign off work, leaving feedback as needed.

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Who is it for?

Young people of all abilities, mainly aged between 13 and 18.

Because Short Courses are multi-level, the focus is on completing challenges and skills development according to individual ability, rather than attainment at a specific level.

Facts and Figures

  • Flexible, multi-level programme
  • Internally moderated
  • Accredits 10-60 hours of activities
  • Can count as up to 3 of the credits needed to achieve the Personal Development Programmes
  • Can count as up to 6 of the credits needed to achieve CoPE
  • Also offers progression to AoPE and Wider Key Skills

Requirements

Learners must present evidence of their activities in an organised portfolio or e-portfolio.

This will contain:

  • a record of challenges completed, with supporting evidence for each challenge
  • recording documents, showing how learners have planned and reviewed their activities
  • summary of achievement, highlighting skills development
  • personal statement

Course Content

The Adventure and Residential Short Course comprises four modules:

  • Off on a trip – planning and going
  • Aspects of trips and visits
  • Museums, galleries and heritage
  • Evaluation

Each learner will need their own copy of the Short Course student book or an e-portfolio login – this contains the challenge content and recording documents.

Download sample pages from the Adventure and Residential Short Course student book.

Supporting Resources

A free set of downloadable tutor notes to support the Adventure and Residential Short Course containing guidance for each challenge and suggested resources are available to centres registered for Short Courses in the members' area.

A quick guide to Short Courses is also available to support the delivery of all ASDAN Short Courses. This document offers advice and guidance for tutors, including a step-by-step guide to delivery.

1. Staff training


• The members of staff with overall responsibility for delivery should attend an ASDAN introductory workshop, webinar or an INSET.

Training to deliver Short Courses is not a mandatory requirement, however it is highly recommended to ensure that the centre and learners obtain the maximum benefit from the programme.

2. Register with ASDAN


• You will need to have ASDAN Programmes membership to deliver Short Courses. Membership allows centres to purchase materials and access support from ASDAN, including regular mailings and updates.

3. Create a new cohort


• Create a new cohort in the Teaching area of the ASDAN website
• Specify a course co-ordinator and the expected completion date.
• Enter the number of learners taking the course, with learner names if known.
• Select student books for your learners.

Purchase e-portfolio logins

If you're delivering the Short Courses via e-portfolio rather than a student book:
• Register your learners via the tutor portal
• Enter learner names, select your chosen Short Course(s) and assign tutors.
• Generate login details for learners.

4. Purchase supporting resources

• Buy optional supporting resources below. 

5. Delivery

• Deliver the course to your learners.
• Resources, such as skills sheets, can be downloaded below. 

Learners can log in to their e-portfolio at: eportfolio.asdan.org.uk

6. Internal moderation

• Internally moderate all portfolios and e-portfolios to ensure that learners have met the full requirements of the course. Ensure that learners are given adequate time to make any necessary amendments.
• Internal moderation checklists are provided to support this process. While Short Courses are not externally moderated, ASDAN reserves the right to sample learners’ portfolios for quality assurance purposes.

7. Certification

• After successful internal moderation, confirm your learner names and details claim certificates online.
• Choose a free downloadable PDF certificate, or request printed and foiled certificates from ASDAN at an extra cost.
• Certificates will be posted to the Short Course co-ordinator for your centre within 20 days.


If you are planning to use the credits gained from a Short Course towards another programme or qualification, you must ensure that both the Short Course certificate and the student’s portfolio are presented at external moderation.

Costs

All costs shown below are per candidate, unless otherwise stated. Each learner will need their own copy of the student book. 

Item Price
Adventure and Residential Short Course Student Book £9.00
Adventure and Residential Short Course Certificate  £2.35

Products can be purchased below.

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  • Programmes
  • Programmes Plus
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Adventure and Residential Short Course student book

The student book contains the curriculum for the Adventure and Residential Short Course. Each learner will need their own copy of the student book.

The Adventure and Residential Short Course comprises four modules: 

  • Off on a trip – planning and going
  • Aspects of trips and visits
  • Museums, galleries and heritage
  • Evaluation

Stock code: ARASWB

£9.00
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Adventure and Residential Short Course student book

The student book contains the curriculum for the Adventure and Residential Short Course. Each learner will need their own copy of the student book.

The Adventure and Residential Short Course comprises four modules: 

  • Off on a trip – planning and going
  • Aspects of trips and visits
  • Museums, galleries and heritage
  • Evaluation

Stock code: ARASWB

£9.00
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Course Resources


Adventure and Residential Short Course - 1A2: Challenges ahead

This mind-map template can be used by learners to show what they might find challenging on their trip or visit. This resource links to challenge 1A2 of the Adventure and Residential Short Course.


Adventure and Residential Short Course - 1A3: Skills and qualities survey

This resource provides a template for a skills and qualities survey. This worksheet links to challenge 1A3 of the Adventure and Residential Short Course.


Adventure and Residential Short Course - 1A5: Keeping healthy and safe

This worksheet can help learners think about what they need to do to stay healthy and safe on their trip or visit. This resource links to challenge 1A5 of the Adventure and Residential Short Course.


Adventure and Residential Short Course - 1A6: Researching your visit

This mind-map template can be used by learners to show what areas they would like to research about their trip or visit. This resource links to challenge 1A6 of the Adventure and Residential Short Course.


Adventure and Residential Short Course - 1A8: Team building game template

This resource provides a template for an instruction card for a team building game. This resource links to challenge 1A8 of the Adventure and Residential Short Course.


Adventure and Residential Short Course - 1A9: Ground rules (think, pair, share)

This worksheet can support learners as they come up with a list of ground rules for behaviour on their trip or visit. Learners are asked to come up with ideas on their own (think), with a partner (pair) and with others (share). This resource links to challenge 1A9 of the Adventure and Residential Short Course.


Adventure and Residential Short Course - 2A1: Health and safety

These worksheets encourage learners to explore aspects of health and safety in relation to their trip or visit. This resource links to challenge 2A1 of the Adventure and Residential Short Course.


Adventure and Residential Short Course - 2A10: Resources for other agreed challen

These worksheets can be used to structure activities that learners could complete for challenge 2A10 of the Adventure and Residential Short Course (other agreed challenge). The worksheets cover additional aspects of trips and visits, such as: comparing home and away; chores and responsibilities; surroundings; co-operation; and individual vs. group activities.


Adventure and Residential Short Course - 2A2: Food diary

This food diary template can be used by learners to record what they have eaten on their trip or visit and the nutritional aspects of their meals. This resource links to challenge 2A2 of the Adventure and Residential Short Course.


Adventure and Residential Short Course - 2A4: Comparing surroundings

This worksheet encourages learners to compare aspects of their surroundings at home with the surroundings on their trip or visit. This resource links to challenge 2A4 of the Adventure and Residential Short Course.


Adventure and Residential Short Course - 2A5: Skills, knowledge and qualities self evaluation

This worksheet provides a template for learners to evaluate the skills, knowledge and qualities they have gained on their trip or visit. This resource links to challenge 2A5 of the Adventure and Residential Short Course.


Adventure and Residential Short Course - 2A6: Peer- and self-evaluation for a challenging activity

This worksheet provides learners with a template for a peer- and self-evaluation of a challenging activity they have participated in on their trip or visit. This resource links to challenge 2A6 of the Adventure and Residential Short Course.


Adventure and Residential Short Course - 2A6: Self-evaluation for a challenging activity

This worksheet provides learners with a template for a self-evaluation of a challenging activity they have participated in on their trip or visit. This resource links to challenge 2A6 of the Adventure and Residential Short Course.


Adventure and Residential Short Course - 2A8: Nature-themed scavenger hunts

This resource provides learners with templates for a variety of nature-themed scavenger hunts. This resource links to challenge 2A8 of the Adventure and Residential Short Course.


Adventure and Residential Short Course - 2A9: Team building game feedback

This resource provides learners with feedback slips for team building games they have participated in on their trip or visit. This resource links to challenge 2A9 of the Adventure and Residential Short Course.


Adventure and Residential Short Course - 2B2: When I've used the ASDAN skill

This worksheet provides learners with a template to show when they have used the six ASDAN skills (learning, teamwork, coping with problems, use of IT, use of English, use of maths) during their activities. This resource links to challenge 2B2 of the Adventure and Residential Short Course.


Adventure and Residential Short Course - 3B1: Theme box factsheet template

This worksheet provides learners with a template for a fact sheet that can be included in a themed box of objects for use in schools. This resource links to challenge 3B1 of the Adventure and Residential Short Course.


Adventure and Residential Short Course - 4A1: Think, pair, share evaluation

This worksheet provides learners with a template to evaluate their trip or visit. Learners are asked to come up with ideas on their own (think), with a partner (pair) and with others (share). This resource links to challenge 4A1 of the Adventure and Residential Short Course.


Adventure and Residential Short Course - 1A1: Planning a trip or visit

This resource provides worksheets to assist learners in planning a trip or visit. This resource links to challenge 1A1 of the Adventure and Residential Short Course.


Evaluation Chart (individual)

This evaluation chart can be used by learners to evaluate a six-week individual activity. Learners are asked to mark on the graph each week to show what they did and how they felt; at the end of the project the learner should join up the marks to give a picture of the whole activity. This resource is particularly suited to challenges in Short Courses, Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold), CoPE and Wider Key Skills.


Evaluation Chart (group)

This evaluation chart can be used by learners to evaluate a six-week group activity. Each member of the group should choose a different colour and mark on the graph each week to show what they did and how they felt. At the end of the project, each group member then joins up their marks to give a picture of the whole activity. This resource is particularly suited to challenges in Short Courses, Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold), CoPE and Wider Key Skills.


Planning a Group or Team Task

This resource can be used when planning a group or team task. It links particularly well to ASDAN's Short Course programmes.


Self-evaluation template

This generic self-evaluation template can be used by learners to evaluate almost any group activity. Learners are asked to record how they felt about the activity and pick out the best and worst bits, before reflecting on what they could do better next time. This resource is particularly suited to challenges in Short Courses, Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold), CoPE and Wider Key Skills.


Teamwork Health Check

This generic teamwork health check template can support a wide range of group activities. Learners are asked to come up with a list of agreed ground rules for good teamwork, then rate each group member's performance against these criteria. This resource is particularly suited to challenges in Short Courses, Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold), CoPE and Wider Key Skills.