About this course
What is it?
The Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course has been produced to support the delivery of careers and work-related education, and to help with planning and undertaking work experience/placements. It has been developed in line with the statutory careers guidance (January 2018).
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.
Who is it for?
Short Courses are widely used in formal and non-formal settings, by 13-19 year olds. Because they are multi-level, the focus is on completing challenges and skills development according to individual ability, although learners are expected to be working at Entry level 3 to Level 1.
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 Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE)
- Also offers progression to Award of Personal Effestiveness (AoPE) and Wider Key Skills
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
The Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course student book contains activities across seven modules:
- Career exploration
- Career management
- Considering higher education
- Considering apprenticeships
- Preparing for the workplace
- Being at work
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.
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.
• Become a member at: asdan.org.uk/membership or manage your existing membership at: asdan.org.uk/membership-details
3. Create a new cohort
• Create a new cohort using the ASDAN website: asdan.org.uk/member/cohorts
• Specify a course co-ordinator, the expected completion date and the number of learners taking the course.
- Select student books for your learners.
- Or, assign tutors and generate login details for learners via the tutor portal: tutor.asdan.org.uk
4. Purchase supporting resources
• Buy optional supporting resources below.
• Learners can log in to their e-portfolio at eportfolio.asdan.org.uk
• Deliver the course to your learners. Resources, such as skills sheets, can be accessed through the e-portfolio and downloaded from this page.
6. Internal moderation
• Internally moderate all e-portfolios to ensure that learners have met the full requirements of the course. Ensure learners are given 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.
• After successful internal moderation, confirm your learner names and details claim certificates via the tutor portal: tutor.asdan.org.uk
• 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 credits gained from a Short Course are being used towards another programme or qualification, you must ensure that both the Short Course certificate and the student’s portfolio are presented at external moderation.
ASDAN training events are delivered by experts to enable your centre to successfully run our courses. They provide an introduction to the course, along with guidance on the processes involved, course delivery and moderation.
All costs shown below are per candidate, unless otherwise stated. Each learner will need their own copy of the student book.
|Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course student book
|Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course PDF certificate
|Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course printed and foiled certificate (optional, per learner, per Short Course)
Products can be purchased below.
Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course student bookBuy here
Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course - 5A4: Duties and skills as an apprentice
This worksheet can be used for learners to record the duties they would be expected to carry out in an Apprenticeship of their choice and to identify the skills they would need to perform these duties. The cover sheet suggests some websites that learners could use to find an Apprenticeship that is of interest to them. This resource links to challenge 5A4 of the Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course.
Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course - 6A1: The benefits of work experience
This worksheet can be used to support challenge 6A1 of the Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course. Learners are asked to identify the benefits of work experience.
Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course - 6A2: Work experience placement wish
This worksheet can be used to support challenge 6A2 of the Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course. Learners are asked to create a wish list of organisations that they would like to complete a work experience placement with.
Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course - 6A6: Work experience travel plan
This worksheet can be used to support challenge 6A6 of the Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course. Learners are asked to create a travel plan for their journey to and from their work experience placement.
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.
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.
Short Courses: summary of achievement and personal statement (PDF version)
Short Courses: summary of achievement and personal statement (Word version)
Short Courses: skills sheet 1 (PDF version)
Short Courses: skills sheet 1 (Word version)
Short Courses: skills sheet 2 (PDF version)
Short Courses: skills sheet 2 (Word version)
Short Courses: skills sheet 3 (PDF version)
Short Courses: skills sheet 3 (Word version)