Notification for ASDAN centres on Covid-19 can be viewed here

Last updated: 20 August 2020

ASDAN would like to reassure centres that we are here to support you as best we can during the ongoing Covid-19 situation. 

We have been operating virtually since Monday 23 March 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 

Summer 2020 update

As required by the regulators, all qualification results have been released for the summer of 2020 awarding. ASDAN qualifications can be broken down into two categories, namely the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and all other qualifications called Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQ). There were two regulatory frameworks used in the awarding of results for this period namely, the Extraordinary regulatory framework: EPQ  and for the remainder of the ASDAN VTQ qualifications, the Extraordinary regulatory framework: VTQ.

It should be noted that the statistical standardisation approach used in A levels and GCSEs was not used by ASDAN for the calculation of results for the VTQs. As a separate regulatory framework, which was designed to provide the flexibility needed to cater for the diverse nature of the Vocational and Technical qualifications landscape, the decision by the regulator and Government to revert to centre assessment grades (CAGs), does not extend to the VTQ qualifications offered. The full statement by Ofqual can be found here Ofqual statement on grading of VTQs, 18 August 2020

Should there be any queries, please contact qualifications@asdan.org.uk.

Academic year 2020/21

ASDAN has been made aware that an extension to the current Extraordinary Regulatory Framework (ERF) is being drafted to provide guidelines by which centres and awarding organisations, such as ASDAN, can operate during a potentially disruptive academic year in 2020–21 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. On 3 August 2020 Ofqual published the Vocational and technical qualifications and assessments 2020/21 paper outlining the process to extended the current ERF.

Ofqual has launched the first in a two-part consultation on the arrangements for the assessment and awarding of Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQs) in 2020–21. Building on the approach set out in the VTQs position paper linked above, this first consultation covers the overall approach to 2020-21. 

The approach aims to:

  • ensure that VTQ learners are neither advantaged nor disadvantaged compared to their peers taking GCSEs and A/AS Levels and competing for the same progression places
  • mitigate disruption to learning and exams for VTQ students caused by the Covid-19 pandemic
  • ensure that assessments lead to the award of valid qualifications and that standards are maintained
  • maximise assessment manageability, where this will allow for an increase in teaching time in order to minimise the impact on outcomes
  • develop, as far as possible, consistent approaches across similar qualifications, while recognising a single approach would not be feasible across the diversity of the VTQ landscape
  • proactively support other parties, including government, in reducing disadvantage to learners where those risks cannot be addressed through the regulation of qualifications

During this initial consultation period, Ofqual will continue to engage with awarding organisations, such as ASDAN, and the other regulators, on the development of more detailed statutory guidance to support the 2020–21 approach.  Once that document has been developed, the second stage of the consultation will start on the guidance that will be included in a revised Extended Extraordinary Regulatory Framework. The final extended ERF will be published in September and ASDAN will continue to update this page as soon as an official position has been provided.

Update for centres delivering ASDAN programmes 

Programmes certificates 

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.

Discussions are underway around the mechanism required to award these programmes in the autumn term; as soon as this is clear we will notify our members accordingly.

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 workshop programmes will now be delivered remotely by webinar. Please see our training pages for more information. It is our intention to deliver in-service training (INSET) remotely in the autumn term. Please see our INSET page for details on how to book an INSET.

ASDAN’s relationship management team will be offering centres support by phone, email or video conferencing.  Contact details for the team are available on the ASDAN website

Please contact ASDAN’s  Centre Support team if you have any specific concerns in the first instance: 

Phone: 0117 954 8316  
Email: info@asdan.org.uk  

We send our very best wishes for your health and wellbeing in the coming weeks and months.  

The ASDAN team