Community and informal

ASDAN's courses structure participation and activities in community and informal settings, developing young people's personal effectiveness and preparing them to thrive in education, training and the workplace.

Short Courses

Our flexible Short Courses provide accreditation for 10 hours (one ASDAN credit) to 60 hours (six credits) of activities. We have more than 30 Short Courses covering a wide range of subjects, including:

  • Gardening, which helps learners develop practical gardening skills, as well as personal, social and work-related skills
  • FoodWise, which gives learners the opportunity to develop and accredit their practical cooking skills, as well as building knowledge of a variety of food-related issues
  • Activities and Peer Tutoring, which accredits activities in community and informal settings. The peer tutoring aspect of the course provides recognition for young people who support others to undertake activities or who have taken on a leadership role in their group
  • Living Independently, which helps looked-after children make a successful transition from school education to adulthood
  • Volunteering, which enables organisations to recognise the vital work of volunteers as well as accrediting their acquisition of new skills and knowledge

Qualifications

The Personal and Social Development (PSD) qualifications develop the confidence of learners, helping them become physically, emotionally and socially healthy. PSD is available at Entry 1 to Level 2. Our Wider Key Skills qualifications, available at Levels 1, 2 and 3, can be delivered to develop skills in:

  • working with others
  • improving own learning and performance
  • problem solving

Character education

ASDAN's courses have a proven track record in developing character traits in young people. Resilience, self-regulation, and emotional and social skills can play an important role in enabling young people to achieve positive health, education, employment and other outcomes.

According to the Department for Education (DfE), there has been growing interest in character education over the past decade. The DfE says character traits such as those listed above can also improve academic attainment, help young people make a positive contribution to British society and are valued by employers.

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Activities and Peer Tutoring Short Courses Flexible 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Adventure and Residential Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Animal Care Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Beliefs and Values Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Citizenship Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Computing Vocational Taster 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 14-19+

Construction Vocational Taster 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 14-19+

Disability and Sports Awareness Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Employability Award and Certificate-sized qualifications from Entry 2 to Level 3

Employability Skills Development Activity-based course to develop skills for the workplace

English Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Enterprise Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Environmental Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Expressive Arts Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

FoodWise Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Football Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Gardening Short Course Flexible 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Geography Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Hair and Beauty Vocational Taster 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 14-19+

History Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Hospitality Vocational Taster 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 14-19+

Key Steps 30 to 90-hour curriculum programme designed for ages 10-14

Land-based Sector Vocational Taster 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 14-19+

Languages Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Leadership Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Living Independently Short Course Flexible 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Manufacturing Vocational Taster 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 14-19+

Mathematics Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

PSHE Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Peer Mentoring Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold) - 60 to 180-hour curriculum programme designed for ages 14-16+

Personal Finance Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Personal and Social Development (PSD) - Award and Certificate-sized qualifications at Entry 1-3 and Levels 1 and 2

RSA Opening Minds Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

RoadWise Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Science Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Sex and Relationships Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Short Courses (multiple titles) (multiple titles) - 10 to 60-hour curriculum programmes

Sports and Fitness Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Uniformed Services Vocational Taster 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 14-19+

Volunteering Short Course 10-60 hour curriculum programme designed for ages 13-19+

Wider Key Skills Individual NQF qualifications at Levels 1 to 3

Workskills Online Online assessments in employability skills

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