Last updated: 26 February 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
Today Ofqual and the Department for Education announced that GCSEs, AS and A-levels cancelled in England by the pandemic will be replaced by grades decided by teachers. What this means for ASDAN qualifications is that those qualifications most similar to GCSEs and AS levels will be decided by teachers. Therefore the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and CoPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness) Level 3 will be assessed by teachers, as the CoPE Level 3 qualification is worth 16 UCAS points (comparable to a B grade at AS Level) and EPQ carries up to 18 performance table points and 28 UCAS points and is used by students entering higher education.
ASDAN will be in contact as soon as the statutory regulations are in force to help centres with CoPE Level 3 and EPQ learners to be able to provide the right type of evidence that ASDAN will need in order to award this qualification. This will apply to centres in Wales and Northern Ireland that are submitting learners for CoPE Level 3 this summer but does not extend to centres registered outside the UK.
What about the remaining ASDAN qualifications?
Our priorities throughout this pandemic have been to keep everyone safe and well and to ensure fairness so that every student receives a grade that reflects their knowledge and understanding. As such all other ASDAN qualifications will be awarded on an alternative awarding process that will require external moderation but will be based on a minimum evidential threshold. This will be shared with you as soon as the statutory regulations are in force.
In the meantime please continue to teach and assess your learners using the adaptation guides that were provided in 2020.
In light of the adaptions that ASDAN will be 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.
Please ensure that these are included when you send your portfolios for moderation as all adaptations to assessment will need to be reviewed by the external moderator.
Adaptation guidance can still be used for this summer awarding.
Access the adaptation guidance documents:
Update for centres delivering ASDAN programmes
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.
Personal Development Programmes and Preparing for Adulthood programmes
For the spring term we will be offering postal moderation for Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold) and Preparing for Adulthood programmes (New Horizons, Towards Independence, Transition Challenge, Workright). Due to the pandemic, we are not currently able to offer moderation meetings.
Postal moderation will be undertaken during the fortnight beginning 22 March 2021. Please book your postal moderation and enter your learner details by Friday 26 February 2021.
We will then email you to confirm which portfolios we require you to post to your ASDAN regional relationship manager for external moderation. We will provide you with an address where you can send the sample portfolios.
Sample portfolios must arrive with your ASDAN regional relationship manager no later than Thursday 18th March 2021.
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