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Focus

About this course

What is it?

Focus comprises 12 modules that have been designed for learners aged 14+ with additional needs, specifically those who are learning in a domestic setting.

Modules can be undertaken separately and built into a profile of achievement. For each module learners complete activities and gather evidence to demonstrate their progress and skill development in a particular area, such as communication and numeracy, independent living, work-related learning or sport and leisure.

Focus is easy to set up and administrate – simply purchase resources below to get started.

If you are not a member of ASDAN, please register with us to get started.

Who is it for?

Focus is intended for adults, or those approaching adulthood, with additional learning needs, and adults for whom English is not their first language.

Focus can be used in a wide range of settings, such as:

  • care/residential homes
  • home education
  • colleges working with ESOL learners

It is ideal for those working with a small number of learners as you do not need to be a registered ASDAN centre to access these resources. Although the programme has been developed for candidates aged 14 and over, it can be used pre-14 if appropriate.

Facts and figures

  • Modules to support learners aged 14 and over with SEND
  • Available to registered and non-registered centres
  • Certificates of achievement can be awarded at the discretion of the tutor

Modules

Each candidate will need one copy of the module book(s) they are working towards. As they complete activities within the book, candidates also build up a portfolio of evidence, showing how they have developed and practised their skills.

There are 12 modules available, each one focusing on a different area of skills development (click on the titles to download a sample copy):


Resources

An optional guidance booklet is available to support mentors and supervisors delivering the Focus programme.

Certification

Tutors can reward learners' achievements using internally-awarded certificates.

Certificates are available to purchase in packs of 5 or 20 and can be awarded at the discretion of the tutor.

Focus is easy to set up and administrate – simply purchase resources below to get started.

If you are not a member of ASDAN, please email orders@asdan.org.uk with details of the resources you would like to purchase. 

Costs

Item Price
Focus module books (one per learner, per module) £8.75
Focus guidance and resources (optional) £24.10
Focus certificates (optional, pack of 5) £5.00 +VAT
Focus certificates (optional, pack of 20) £9.85 +VAT


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Products

Focus certificates (pack of 20)

Use these certificates to celebrate your students' achievements in completing one or more Focus modules. They are sold in packs of five or packs of 20 and awarded at the tutor's discretion; there is no external moderation or certification for the Focus programme.

£9.85

Focus certificates (pack of 5)

Use these certificates to celebrate your students' achievements in completing one or more Focus modules. They are sold in packs of 5 or packs of 20 and awarded at the tutor's discretion; there is no external moderation or certification for the Focus programme.

£5.00

Focus guidance and resources

This booklet will help tutors, supervisors or assessors who are involved in delivering Focus to learners. It contains guidance on introducing and running the programme, some template resources and a practitioner's perspective on gathering evidence.

£24.10
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Focus certificates (pack of 20)

Use these certificates to celebrate your students' achievements in completing one or more Focus modules. They are sold in packs of five or packs of 20 and awarded at the tutor's discretion; there is no external moderation or certification for the Focus programme.

£9.85

Focus certificates (pack of 5)

Use these certificates to celebrate your students' achievements in completing one or more Focus modules. They are sold in packs of 5 or packs of 20 and awarded at the tutor's discretion; there is no external moderation or certification for the Focus programme.

£5.00

Focus guidance and resources

This booklet will help tutors, supervisors or assessors who are involved in delivering Focus to learners. It contains guidance on introducing and running the programme, some template resources and a practitioner's perspective on gathering evidence.

£24.10

Focus Using leisure time

This module has been written to assist with the development of skills in using leisure time for learners with a range of learning needs. It comprises 10 sections:

  • Leisure at home
  • Collecting
  • Leisure in the community
  • Different leisure activities
  • A new indoor activity
  • A new outdoor activity
  • Activities with a partner
  • Being in a group
  • Taking part in outdoor cooking
  • Optional project
£8.75

Focus: Communication progression

The Communication progression module has been written for learners with a range of learning needs, who are developing skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing.

£8.75

Focus: Communications introduction

The Communication introduction module has been written for learners with a range of learning needs, who are developing skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing.

£8.75

Focus: Getting started

The Getting Started module can be used to help identify the candidate's learning goals, as part of an initial assessment or to form the basis of an induction programme.

£8.75

Focus: Horticulture

This module has been written to assist with the development of horticulture skills for learners with a range of learning needs. It comprises six sections:

  • Getting ready to work in the garden
  • Using tools safely
  • Growing seeds and plants indoors
  • Growing plants outdoors
  • Keeping the garden area tidy
  • Optional project
£8.75

Focus: Independent living

This module has been written to assist with the development of independent living skills and independence for learners with a range of learning needs. It comprises nine sections:

  • Making breakfast
  • Making a hot drink
  • Making a packed lunch
  • Making a main meal (lunch/dinner)
  • Cleaning
  • Using a washing machine
  • Using a tumble dryer
  • Ironing
  • Optional project
£8.75

Focus: Meal preparation and cooking

This module has been written to assist with the development of meal preparation and cooking skills for learners with a range of learning needs. It comprises 12 sections:

  • Hygiene
  • Health and safety
  • Food storage
  • Using equipment
  • Planning and shopping
  • Preparing a cold drink
  • Making a hot drink
  • Preparing a cold snack
  • Making a hot snack
  • Convenience food
  • Serving and clearing away
  • Optional project
£8.75

Focus: Money

This module has been written to assist with the development of money skills for learners with a range of learning needs. It comprises six sections:

  • Recognising money
  • Looking after your money
  • Buying something regularly
  • Using a shop
  • Using a cafe
  • Optional project
£8.75

Focus: Numeracy introduction

This module has been written to assist with the development of numeracy skills for learners with a range of learning needs. It comprises 15 sections grouped under the following headings:

  • Number
  • Measure, shape, space
  • Position, pattern, sorting
  • Time
  • Handling data
£8.75

Focus: Numeracy progression

This module has been written to assist with the development of numeracy skills for learners with a range of learning needs. It comprises 14 sections, grouped under the following headings:

  • Number
  • Measure, shape, space
  • Position, pattern, sorting
  • Time
  • Handling data
£8.75

Focus: Using computer technology

This module has been written to assist with the development of computer skills for learners with a range of learning needs. It comprises 12 sections:

  • Knowing your computer
  • Running a program/app
  • Writing
  • Photo editing and graphics
  • Using the Internet
  • Internet shopping
  • Internet TV/radio
  • Games
  • Multimedia
  • Using a smartphone
  • Using a social network
  • Optional project
£8.75

Focus: Using transport

This module has been written to assist with the development of skills in using transport for learners with a range of learning needs. It comprises six sections:

  • Planning your journey
  • Preparing for your journey
  • Travelling
  • Getting off
  • Coping if things go wrong
  • Optional project
£8.75
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