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PSHE Short Course


What is it?

The PSHE Short Course has been updated to help centres meet the requirements of the new statutory guidance for sex, relationships and health education in England, which comes into effect in September 2020. ASDAN has produced a mapping document to show how the challenges and resources can support centres in meeting the new requirements.

A new student book is available, as well as a tutor resource pack, which contains detailed session plans and supporting resources (eg worksheets, PowerPoints, information sheets) across 11 topic areas.

The flexibility of ASDAN's Short Courses means they can be undertaken in a variety of settings, over a time period to suit the individual or co-ordinating centre. Challenge descriptions can be interpreted and adapted to meet the learners' needs.

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.

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Who is it for?

Young people of all abilities, mainly aged between 13 and 16. 

Because Short Courses are multi-level, the focus is on completing challenges and skills development according to individual ability, rather than attainment at a specific level. 

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 CoPE
  • Also offers progression to 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

Course Content

The Short Course is split into 11 modules:

  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Keeping safe and healthy
  • Social media
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco and drugs
  • Sexual health
  • Respectful relationships
  • Families and parenting
  • Financial choices
  • Careers and your future
  • Living in modern Britain

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.

Download sample pages from the PSHE Short Course student book.

Supporting Resources

A tutor resource pack is available to enable the delivery of high quality PSHE lessons and support non-specialist teachers. The resource includes detailed session plans and supporting resources (eg worksheets, PowerPoints, information sheets).

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.

Getting started

For centres new to ASDAN, your first step is to complete the centre registration form. Current ASDAN centres need to ensure that the Short Courses are added to their centre's registration.

Following registration, you will be able to purchase your books and access additional resources and guidance via the members area of this website. ASDAN also provides introductory training workshops and can arrange in-house training.

ASDAN members area

Once your centre is registered with ASDAN for Short Courses, you can find further information and resources in the members area. This section of the website contains all the essential documents, forms and updates that you will need to deliver your course.

There is no limit to the number of people from a centre who can register to use the members area. You can create a new user account using the online form. 


Once students' work has been internally moderated, centres can request certificates for successful candidates from ASDAN, using the form in the members area.

There is no external moderation for this programme, although ASDAN reserves the right to request samples of candidates' work for quality assurance purposes.


All prices shown below are per learner, unless otherwise stated.

Item Price
PSHE Short Course student book (one per learner) £9.00
PSHE Short Course e-learning login (one per learner) £9.00
PSHE Short Course printed and foiled certificate (optional, per learner, per Short Course) £2.35
PSHE resource pack (optional, includes all modules) £200.00 +VAT
PSHE module resource (optional, per module) £20.00 +VAT


All prices valid from 1 September 2020 until 31 August 2021. Prices are shown exclusive of VAT. 

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