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What is it?

The Employability qualifications provide a framework for developing and recognising general employability skills at Entry 2 to Level 2.

In Wales, only levels Entry 2 and Entry 3 are available. Registrations for learners in Wales must be received by 30 September 2024. The final certification date in Wales is 30 September 2026.

ASDAN was given full endorsement for the Employability qualifications by Asset Skills, the Sector Skills Council which had responsibility for Employability skills and qualifications. ASDAN featured in a report commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and UKES which reviewed the impact of generic Employability qualifications. The full report can be downloaded here.

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Who is it for?

  • The Employability Award and Certificate at levels Entry 2 through to Level 2 are available in England, Northern Ireland and internationally. The Employability Award and Certificate at levels Entry 2 and Entry 3 only are available in Wales (final date for learner registrations 30 September 2024, final date for certification 30 September 2026).
  • At Key Stages 3 and 4, schools, academies, alternative education providers and training organisations can use the qualifications to accredit preparation for employment training, career education, enterprise education, work-related learning and work experience. 
  • It is ideal for post-16 training organisations and colleges delivering study programmes, traineeships and provision as part of youth contracts and the DWP Work Programme. 

Facts and figures

  • Employability is a nationally recognised qualification, fully approved by Ofqual in England and by the relevant regulatory bodies for use in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. 
  • 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 have a double weighting in school performance measures such as Progress 8.
  • In Wales and Northern Ireland, ASDAN qualifications can contribute towards school/college performance measures. Download this information sheet for details.
  • ASDAN Employability qualifications will not be available for registrations of new learners in Wales from 30 September 2024 (Entry 2 and Entry 3 only). Final certification of learners in Wales must take place by 30 September 2026. Please contact qualifications@asdan.org.uk if your centre is planning to deliver Employability qualifications in Wales from September 2024. Download this information sheet to check the availability of these qualifications in other locations.  


All Employability qualifications require centres and learners to complete a specific number of core and additional units to reach the number of credits for a particular size of qualification. At all levels, 6 credits are required for an award, and 15 credits are required for a certificate. Each credit is around 10 hours of learning time.

  • To achieve an award, at least one core unit must be completed
  • To achieve a certificate, at least two core units must be completed

Download a table of Employability units at all levels.

The Entry 2, Entry 3 and Level 1 qualifications are intended for young people and adults who are not yet ready for employment but for whom a job is a realistic aim within a reasonable timescale. They are fully approved for Foundation Learning.

The Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications aim to help learners develop employability skills within occupational settings, allowing them to build on their employability skills and acquire transferable skills that will help them progress in their current situation and in the wider world of work.

Units and standards

Download the Employability Entry 2-3 standards only and Employability Levels 1-2 standards only.

Please note that centres registered to deliver Employability will be able to access a full copy of the standards with guidance, which provides key information on how to interpret and implement the unit standards. Download sample units from the Employability Entry 2-3 standards with guidance and  sample units from the Employability Levels 1-2 standards with guidance.

Resources for registered centres

Standards with guidance for each level that can be downloaded from the course resources section below. 

Unit activities can be downloaded from the course resources section below. 

Resource sheets to help candidates provide good quality evidence. These are available in PDF and Microsoft Word formats and can be downloaded from the members area of the website. They are not mandatory but are highly recommended.

1. Staff training

• The members of staff with overall responsibility for delivery must attend an ASDAN introductory workshop, webinar or INSET. Book at: asdan.org.uk/training

2. Register with ASDAN

• You will need ASDAN Qualifications membership to deliver Employability qualifications. Membership allows centres to purchase materials and access support, 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. Centre approval

• Centres will need to provide specific policies and procedures and provide additional information in order to be given centre approval to deliver qualifications. Centres are risk rated and all new centres will require a centre approval visit.
• Centres should create assessment plans for all units being assessed. Centres may be asked to supply them to ASDAN for validation.
• Centres will be required to review and renew a number of centre policies each year at: asdan.org.uk/member/centre-details/centre-approval

4. 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.

5. Delivery and assessment

• Deliver the course to candidates, making use of the standards and general guidance and assessment resources. Resources can be downloaded from the course resources section on this page.

6. Support

• Autumn term themed support meetings offer CPD opportunities.
• Spring term qualification support meetings offer ongoing support, feedback and opportunities for networking.

7. Internal moderation

• Internally moderate all portfolios to ensure that learners have met the full requirements of the course. Ensure learners are given time to make any necessary amendments.

8. External moderation

• Book your moderation at: asdan.org.uk/member/moderations
• Deadline of 31 October for booking moderation within the academic year. Fees apply for moderations booked after this date. Members are entitled to two free moderations per qualification, per year.
• Confirm your learner names and details for moderation: asdan.org.uk/member/cohorts
• Provide the sample portfolios to the external quality assurer (EQA), as requested.
Moderation may take place as part of a centre visit or be carried out by post.
• Certificates will be sent to your centre within 20 working days of your EQA notifying ASDAN that a successful final moderation has taken place.

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. 

Training is mandatory for Employability qualifications. 

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All candidate registration costs shown below are per candidate, unless otherwise stated.

Item Price
Award (all levels) £32.95
Certificate (all levels) £35.95

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Public funding for ASDAN qualifications delivered in the UK

Many ASDAN qualifications are fully funded by the UK Government.

Whether you are an employer, a learner or a training provider, the following websites will provide you with more information on the different types of public funding in the UK for ASDAN qualifications.  


Course resources

Learning log

Employability qualifications: skills check and review

These templates have been taken from the ASDAN Employability qualifications student books. Learners complete a skills check at the start of a course or programme and review their progress at the end of the course to see how they have developed and improved their employability skills.

Common interview questions

This worksheet can be used to support learning in preparation for interviews. Learners are asked to identify commonly asked interview questions and plan their answers to these questions using key points. It can be used to support teaching and learning for the Employability Entry 3 unit 'Applying for a job', where learners are required to present information about themselves at an interview.

Scheme of work template

This template can be used to plan and create a scheme of work for any ASDAN programme or qualification. Also included is a completed example showing a scheme of work for Module 3 of the Personal Development Programmes.

Witness Statement Sheet

A witness statement template that can be used to provide evidence for a completed task or activity.