Last updated: 27 April 2021
ASDAN would like to reassure centres that we are here to support you as best we can during the ongoing Covid-19 situation.
We are operating virtually and our Centre Support team and regional team will continue to be available by phone and email. Our premises are open for deliveries at pre-arranged times but otherwise we continue to work remotely.
Update for centres delivering ASDAN qualifications
ASDAN has provided guidance to centres on how summer 2021 will be awarded based on the Ofqual and the Department for Education announcement that GCSEs, AS and A-levels cancelled in England by the pandemic will be replaced by grades decided by teachers under the General Qualifications Alternative Awarding framework (GQAA). This applies to the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). The EPQ guidance are available in the members area.
For all Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQs), Ofqual has put in place the Vocational Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF) for awarding organisations (AOs). These regulatory arrangements will enable AOs to be sufficiently flexible to support as many learners as possible to complete qualifications, while still retaining the integrity of their qualifications.
For qualifications most important for progression to further study or employment, the framework enables AOs to:
- make awards when not all internal assessments have been completed
- determine the most appropriate approach to awarding based on their qualification design and delivery
- determine what the minimum assessment evidence should be, so that valid and reliable qualifications are awarded; this should include consideration of completed assessments
The VCRF groups vocational qualifications into three categories:
- Category A: Occupational qualifications/qualifications used as a Licence to Practice/Professional qualifications (qualifications where the primary use is to provide a License to Practice/access to a profession or a certificate of occupational competency)
- Category B1: VTQs/Other General qualifications, most like GCSEs, AS and A levels, which are important for progression to further/higher study or employment, including Applied General qualifications, Tech awards, Core maths (qualifications where the primary use is to progress to further and higher education and employment).
- Category B2: VTQs that are important for progression to further/higher study or employment, but which include some assessment of skills, such as some Tech levels and other VRQs (qualifications where there is a mixed-use – to progress to FE, HE or employment).
Which ASDAN qualifications does this apply to?
Our priorities throughout this pandemic have been to keep everyone safe and well and to ensure fairness so that every learner receives a grade that reflects their knowledge and understanding. All ASDAN qualifications, with the exception of EPQ, are in category B2.
Summer 2021 awarding
The key message for summer 2021 awarding for centres registered in the UK, including British territories, in the B2 category is that the awarding process will be based on whether the centre has completed all assessments in full or partially. Fully completed qualifications are to be moderated as normal. Partially completed qualifications will be based on teacher assessed grades (TAG), with an external quality assurance review (as opposed to a traditional moderation). International centres will moderated as usual and TAG does not apply to centres registered outside of the UK.
The process has been outlined in the Centre Guidance to Awarding 2021 published on 30 March 2021. Please see the links under 'VTQ centre guidance and forms – summer 2021' at the bottom of this section.
In light of any adaptions that ASDAN will be moderating/reviewing, this is a reminder that from September 2020 it became a mandatory requirement that centres provide records of internal moderation and a copy of at least one assessment plan for the units in their submission.
Adaptation guidance can still be used for this summer awarding.
Access the adaptation guidance documents:
VTQ centre guidance and forms - summer 2021
- AoPE assessment checklist
- Appeals Policy
- Appeal Request Form
- Assessor declaration witness statement
- Candidate consent form
- Centre declaration form
- Centre guidance - awarding vocational qualifications
- Centre required documentation checklist
- CoPE assessment checklist
- Employability assessment checklist summary
- Personal Progress assessment checklist summary
- Processes and systems guidance
- PSD assessment checklist summary
- Wider Key Skills assessment checklist
Update for centres delivering ASDAN programmes
Personal Development Programmes (PDP) and Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) awarding summer 2021
Due to the significant disruption to teaching and learning over the previous 12 months we will not be undertaking moderation in the usual way for these programmes this summer. It is our intention to adopt a procedure to ensure learners will not be disadvantaged as a result of the impact of centre closures and the lockdown measures. Recognising that in some centres learners may not have been able to complete the full requirements of the programme or programmes ASDAN will be awarding based upon the following minimum evidence requirements:
- Bronze – Completion of 3 credits plus 1 set of Bronze Skills Sheets
- Silver – Completion of the requirements for Bronze, plus 3 Silver credits and 1 set of Silver Skills Sheets
- Gold - Completion of the requirements for Bronze and Silver, plus 3 Gold credits and 1 set of Gold Skills Sheets
- Towards Independence – Completion of the Starting Out Module. Completion of two sections of a module per module
- Transition Challenge – Completion of 50% of module activities per module, for gold certification a minimum of 3 modules to be completed on that basis
- Workright – Completion of 50% of the module activities per module, for gold certification a minimum of 2 modules to be completed on that basis
- New Horizons – Completion of a minimum of 2 activities per module, for gold certification a minimum of 3 modules to be completed on that basis
If you are a centre that is eligible for Direct Certification Status (DCS) you will have been sent an email asking you to enter your learners for awarding and certification using this facility. If you are a centre that thinks you are eligible for DCS but have not received the email you can check your eligibility here.
For all other centres that have been able to meet the minimum evidence requirements please confirm to us in writing by email if you would like to arrange a PDP moderation and or a PfA moderation for your learners this term by Friday 7 May. We will then be in touch to inform you of the next steps as soon as possible.
Thank you for your continued patience and support. Please be assured we are committed to providing you with all the guidance you need to support your learners to receive their awards this summer.
Our Centre Support team have been and continue to be busy printing and despatching certificates for ASDAN programmes. If you are yet to receive your certificates, we ask you to please be patient as we are still operating on reduced capacity for this function. We will get them to you as soon as we can.
Please note that certificates for Short Courses and Key Steps can be downloaded in pdf format free of charge from our website.
Information for all centres
ASDAN training workshops are currently being delivered remotely by webinar. Please see our training pages for more information. We are also delivering in-service training (INSET) remotely. Please see our INSET page for details on how to book an INSET.
ASDAN’s relationship management team is offering centres support by phone, email or video conferencing. Contact details for the team are available on the ASDAN website.
Please contact our Centre Support team if you have any specific concerns in the first instance:
Phone: 0117 954 8316
We send our very best wishes for your health and wellbeing in the coming weeks and months.
The ASDAN team