ASDAN offers a range of nationally approved qualifications based around the development of personal, social and employability skills.
- Entry 1, 2 and 3 (Access) qualifications meet the needs of learners working below GCSE (Intermediate) level
- Levels 1 and 2 (Intermediate) qualifications are comparable in size to GCSEs
- Level 3 (Higher) qualifications are comparable in size to A/AS-levels
Following amendments to the school and college performance tables in England, qualifications that do not rely on a written examination for assessment purposes, such as ASDAN qualifications, do not, themselves, contribute to the tables. There is however strong evidence that ASDAN qualifications improve performance in English and Mathematics, which are double weighted in the Progress 8 performance measure.
ASDAN centre registration and centre approval
- Register with ASDAN to offer qualifications.
- Read the centre approval guidance for centres. Please visit the Join page for further information.
- Once registered, visit centre approval section in members area and upload specified policies, procedures and other information to demonstrate that they are meeting regulatory requirements:
- Centre Agreement
- Satellite & Partnership Arrangements
- Access To Fair Assessment Statement
- Internal Moderation Policy & Procedure
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Appeals Policy
- Malpractice Policy
- Staffing & Conflict of Interest
- Health & Safety Policy
- Data Protection
- To ensure your centre meets the ASDAN approval criteria, a centre approval visit will be required; this visit will incur a cost, please see the pricing and fees information for further details.
- Attend the appropriate training.
ASDAN policies and regulations
The following procedures are designed to maintain national standards and relate to the current regulatory requirements. All centres that wish to offer ASDAN qualifications must agree and adhere to these policies and procedures.
- Access arrangements: guidance
- Access arrangements: permissions table
- Access arrangements: reasonable adjustments and special consideration
- Appeals request form
- Centre auditing policy
- Conflict of interest policy
- Enquiries and appeals policy and procedures
- Enquiry request form
- Equality and diversity policy
- Invoicing policy
- Lost/damaged work notification form with guidance (QWrepa): Word / PDF
- Lost/damaged work: reporting procedure
- Malpractice and maladministration for centres policy, procedure and guidance
- Malpractice or maladministration notification form
- Pricing and fees Information
- Privacy notice
- Reasonable adjustments and special consideration in vocational qualifications: FAB guide
- Reasonable adjustments application form
- Recognition of prior learning (RPL) policy
- Recognition of prior learning (RPL) claim form
- Retention of assessment materials: arrangements
- Safeguarding policy
- Sanctions policy
- Special consideration application form
- Whistleblowing policy
- Withdrawal of qualifications: arrangements
Qualifications status and approval: UK and Ireland
ASDAN qualifications are approved for pre- and post-16 provision by the regulatory authorities for England (Ofqual), Wales (Qualifications Wales) and Northern Ireland (CCEA). Qualification codes and accreditation and certification end dates are available.
In the Republic of Ireland, no ASDAN qualifications are approved. However, the full range of ASDAN programmes are available.
Our courses can support the Welsh Baccalaureate skills challenge certificate element through:
- opportunities for individual investigation
- work-related education, enterprise and employability
- personal and social education
- community participation projects
- being a global citizen
We can also provide Welsh centres with opportunities to:
- enhance and certificate transition activities from Key Stages 2 to 3
- introduce GCSE-comparable qualifications into Key Stages 3 and 4
- celebrate and recognise students’ wider achievement
In Wales, ASDAN qualifications can contribute towards school and college performance measures. For full details, see the list of qualification codes and performance figures for Wales and Northern Ireland.
Ranging from Access level (and below) to Higher level, ASDAN courses embrace the four capacities of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, enabling young people to become responsible citizens, confident individuals, effective contributors and successful learners.
ASDAN programmes and qualifications can fulfil many of the Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes. Our CoPE and Employability qualifications have been credit rated for the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
CoPE and Employability qualifications are also included on Insight, which is an online benchmarking tool designed to help bring about improvements for learners in the senior phase (S4 to S6).
Our programmes and qualifications can support:
- the DENI 11–19 Entitlement Framework and the minimum statutory requirements of the Learning for Life and Work (LLW) Area of Learning, Employability, Personal Development and Local and Global Citizenship at Key Stages 3 and 4 and Home Economics at Key Stage 3
- the requirement that all learners, post primary (or 11–19), develop their skills in being creative, working with others, self-management, managing information, thinking, problem solving and decision-making
- Area Learning Communities/Local Community School Partnerships
- the introduction of GCSE-comparable qualifications into Key Stages 3 and 4
In Northern Ireland, ASDAN qualifications can contribute towards school and college performance measures. For full details, see the list of qualification codes and performance figures for Wales and Northern Ireland.
ASDAN Preparing for Adulthood programmes are widely used by Irish post-primary schools (special and mainstream) and adult day care centres for learners with a wide range of intellectual disabilities.
The Preparing for Adulthood programmes can be used to support the Level 2 Learning Programmes (L2LP) within the Junior Cycle.
Short Courses are ideal for schools offering Transition Year options to students in the interim year between Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate. They offer an alternative to both national Transition Year units of work and school-designed units.
Short Courses are also ideally suited to vocational educational centres offering Youthreach programmes to young people who are long-term unemployed or have left school with few qualifications.
Award of Personal Effectiveness (AoPE) - Award-sized qualification at Levels 1, 2 and 3
Certificate of Personal Effectiveness Level 1 and 2 (CoPE) - Certificate-sized qualification at Levels 1 and 2
Certificate of Personal Effectiveness Level 3 (CoPE) - Certificate-sized qualification at Level 3
Employability Award and Certificate-sized qualifications from Entry 2 to Level 3
Personal Progress Award, Certificate and Diploma-sized qualifications at Entry 1
Personal and Social Development (PSD) - Award and Certificate-sized qualifications at Entry 1-3 and Levels 1 and 2
Wider Key Skills Individual NQF qualifications at Levels 1 to 3