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Beliefs and Values Short Course

About this course

What is it?

The Beliefs and Values Short Course has been updated for 2020 and helps learners aged 13+ to develop the personal and social skills they need to play their role in our modern multicultural society. It offers a flexible, accessible alternative to religious education at GCSE.

The course will enable learners to:

  • respect different beliefs and values, and how they contribute to a multicultural society
  • gain an awareness of the impact that humans have on the environment and how to protect our planet
  • become a responsible citizen and understand the laws needed for a fair and just society
  • appreciate the value of peace in society and understand the impact of conflict
  • understand how different religions express their beliefs through worship and actions
  • explore the concept of inspiration from religious and non-religious perspectives

Read our blog by former RE teacher Susannah Harlow about why helping learners explore beliefs and values is more important than ever. 

The flexibility of ASDAN's Short Courses means 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 Beliefs and Values Short Course contains six modules:

  • Values, beliefs and decision-making
  • Environment
  • Crime and punishment
  • Peace and conflict
  • Beliefs and practice
  • Inspiration

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 Beliefs and Values Short Course student book.

Supporting Resources

A quick guide to Short Courses is 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
Beliefs and Values Short Course Student Book £9.00
Beliefs and Values Short Course Certificate  £2.35

 

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To teach this course you must have one of these membership types:

  • Programmes
  • Programmes Plus
  • Qualifications

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Products

Beliefs and Values Short Course student book

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

The Beliefs and Values Short Course comprises six modules: 

  • Values, beliefs and decision-making
  • Environment
  • Crime and punishment
  • Peace and conflict
  • Beliefs and practice
  • Inspiration
£9.00
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Beliefs and Values Short Course student book

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

The Beliefs and Values Short Course comprises six modules: 

  • Values, beliefs and decision-making
  • Environment
  • Crime and punishment
  • Peace and conflict
  • Beliefs and practice
  • Inspiration
£9.00
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Course Resources


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.