Secondary schools

ASDAN's programmes and qualifications for secondary schools range from helping learners make a successful start in secondary education to boosting engagement and motivation, developing core skills, and enhancing academic performance.

Primary to secondary transition

The innovative Lift Off programme, launched in 2017, helps learners aged 10-12 develop the skills, confidence and resilience to make a successful transition from primary to secondary school. This activity-based course fosters characteristics and attributes such as self-worth, self-control, determination, communication, collaboration and problem solving.

Boosting GCSE attainment

Our new Accelerating Progress programmes in English and mathematics have been designed to support learners with the new, tougher GCSEs in England. They have a special focus on helping learners gain a four or five. ASDAN credits gained from these programmes can be put towards our Level 2 Certificate of Personal Effectiveness qualification.

Short Courses

ASDAN's Short Courses provide accreditation for 10 to 60 hours of activities. Titles include:

  • PSHE and Sex and Relationships Education, which provide flexible and engaging ways of helping pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to keep themselves healthy and safe and prepare to thrive in life
  • Beliefs and Values, which is a flexible, accessible alternative to religious education at GCSE
  • Citizenship, which helps schools meet statutory requirements at Key Stages 3 and 4 in England, as well as promoting awareness of rights and responsibilities for learners across the UK

Meeting Ofsted requirements

ASDAN's programmes and qualifications help centres meet many Ofsted requirements including:

  • pride in achievement and commitment to learning
  • developing self-confidence, self-awareness and understanding of how to be a successful learner
  • gaining employability skills so that learners are well prepared for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training
  • understanding how to keep themselves safe from risks such as abuse, sexual exploitation and extremism, including when using the internet and social media
  • knowledge of how to keep themselves healthy, both emotionally and physically, including through exercising and healthy eating
  • personal development, so that learners are well prepared to respect others and contribute to wider society
Setting
Registration status
E-portfolio access
Type

Accelerating Progress Courses to boost GCSE attainment in key Progress 8 subjects

Activities and Peer Tutoring Short Course 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+

Award of Personal Effectiveness (AoPE) - Award-sized qualification at Levels 1, 2 and 3

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+

Certificate of Personal Effectiveness Level 1 and 2 (CoPE) - Certificate-sized qualification at Levels 1 and 2

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+

Lifeskills Challenge Online resource for personalised learning and progression

Lift Off Activity-based programme to support transition from primary to secondary school

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+

Stepping Stones 20 to 30-hour curriculum programme designed for ages 7-12

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

What next?