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Living Independently Short Course

About this course

What is it?

The ASDAN Living Independently Short Course is focused on helping looked-after children make a successful transition from school education to adulthood. Developed in collaboration with local authorities, the course supports the cross-government strategy to transform support for young people leaving care – 'Keep on caring: supporting young people from care to independence'. 

The flexibility of ASDAN's Short Courses means that they can be carried out in a variety of settings, over a time period to suit the individual or co-ordinating centre. 

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?

It is aimed at young people of all abilities, mainly aged between 14 and 18. 

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 award
  • 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

Requirements

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 Living Independently Short Course contains nine modules:

  • Earning and spending money
  • Keeping track of your money
  • Making financial choices
  • A place of your own
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Cooking on a budget
  • Practical cooking skills
  • Career management
  • Preparing for the world of work

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 Living Independently Short Course student book.

Supporting Resources

A free set of downloadable tutor notes to support the Living Independently Short Course, containing guidance for each challenge and suggested resources, is available to centres registered for Short Courses in the members' area and in the course resources section below.

1. Staff training


• The members of staff with overall responsibility for delivery should attend an ASDAN introductory workshop, webinar or an INSET.

Training to deliver Short Courses is not a mandatory requirement, however it is highly recommended to ensure that the centre and learners obtain the maximum benefit from the programme.

2. Register with ASDAN


• You will need to have ASDAN Programmes membership to deliver Short Courses. Membership allows centres to purchase materials and access support from ASDAN, including regular mailings and updates.

3. Create a new cohort


• Create a new cohort in the members’ area of the ASDAN website
• Specify a course co-ordinator and the expected completion date.
• Enter the number of learners taking the course, with learner names if known.
• Select student books for your learners.

Purchase e-portfolio logins

If you're delivering the Short Courses via e-portfolio rather than a student book:
• Register your learners via the tutor portal
• Enter learner names, select your chosen Short Course(s) and assign tutors.
• Generate login details for learners.

4. Purchase supporting resources

• Buy optional supporting resources below. 

5. Delivery

• Deliver the course to your learners.
• Resources, such as skills sheets, can be downloaded below. 

Learners can log in to their e-portfolio at: eportfolio.asdan.org.uk

6. Internal moderation

• Internally moderate all portfolios and e-portfolios to ensure that learners have met the full requirements of the course. Ensure that learners are given adequate time to make any necessary amendments.
• Internal moderation checklists are provided to support this process. While Short Courses are not externally moderated, ASDAN reserves the right to sample learners’ portfolios for quality assurance purposes.

7. Certification

• After successful internal moderation, confirm your learner names and details claim certificates online.
• Choose a free downloadable PDF certificate, or request printed and foiled certificates from ASDAN at an extra cost.
• Certificates will be posted to the Short Course co-ordinator for your centre within 20 days.


If you are planning to use the credits gained from a Short Course towards another programme or qualification, you must ensure that both the Short Course certificate and the student’s portfolio are presented at external moderation.

Costs

All costs shown below are per candidate, unless otherwise stated. Each learner will need their own copy of the student book. 

Item Price
Living Independently Short Course Student Book £9.00

 

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To teach this course you must have one of these membership types:

  • Programmes
  • Programmes Plus
  • Qualifications

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Products

Living Independently Short Course student book

The student book contains the curriculum for the Living Independently Short Course. Each learner will need their own copy of the student book. 

The Living Independently Short Course comprises nine modules:

  • Earning and spending money
  • Keeping track of your money
  • Making financial choices
  • A place of your own
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Cooking on a budget
  • Practical cooking skills
  • Career management
  • Preparing for the world of work
£9.00
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Living Independently Short Course student book

The student book contains the curriculum for the Living Independently Short Course. Each learner will need their own copy of the student book. 

The Living Independently Short Course comprises nine modules:

  • Earning and spending money
  • Keeping track of your money
  • Making financial choices
  • A place of your own
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Cooking on a budget
  • Practical cooking skills
  • Career management
  • Preparing for the world of work
£9.00
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Course Resources


Living Independently Short Course - 4A2: Different types of landlord

This worksheet can be used to support challenge 4A2 of the Living Independently Short Course. Learners are asked to research key information about the different types of landlord.


Living Independently Short Course - 5A7: Ways to combat stress

This worksheet can be used to support challenge 5A7 of the Living Independently Short Course. Learners are asked to list three things that make them feel stressed and identify ways to combat this stress.


Living Independently Short Course - 6B1: Weekly meal planner and shopping list

This worksheet can be used to support challenge 6B1 of the Living Independently Short Course. Learners are asked to plan a two-week meal plan. This resource contains a weekly meal plan template and a shopping list template with room to include costs.


Living Independently Short Course - 8A5: Top 10 useful interview tips

This worksheet can be used to support challenge 8A5 of the Living Independently Short Course. Learners are asked to interview someone from a local business about interview skills and come up with a list of their top 10 interview tips.


Living Independently Short Course - 8A9: Top 10 useful interview tips

This worksheet can be used to support challenge 8A9 of the Living Independently Short Course. Learners are asked to identify key features and information on pay slips. This resource provides examples of two pay slips - one weekly and one monthly.


Living Independently Short Course - 9A1: The benefits of work experience

This mind map template can be used to support challenge 9A1 of the Living Independently Short Course. Learners are asked to identify the benefits of work experience.