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How ASDAN supports National Citizen Service


National Citizen Service (NCS) is a personal and social development experience for 16 and 17-year-olds in England (and 15 and 16-year-olds in Northern Ireland). The programme consists of a variety of outdoor activities, social mixing and volunteering designed to benefit young people and their communities. NCS pilots over the last two years have seen more than 100 young people achieve national qualifications and more than 350 young people achieve other ASDAN accreditation for NCS.


The government already provides a National Citizen Service certificate of participation to acknowledge young people's attendance and time commitment. Participants, providers and parents, however, are all keen to ensure appropriate recognition is given to the impact of their service on their local communities and on their own personal and social development.

As a nationally recognised awarding body, ASDAN Education provides a range of accreditation opportunities that will enable NCS participants to formally recognise:

  • their personal and social development
  • the social impact and benefits to their community
  • the employability skills they have developed, e.g. teamwork, communication, project management, problem solving
  • their preparation for Further Education
  • their preparation for Higher Education with possible UCAS points for Level 3 candidates

Why choose ASDAN?

ASDAN's well-established curriculum programmes and qualifications offer the following advantages:

  • can be linked to the school curriculum
  • progression routes to higher levels
  • explicit reference to and assessment of the skills achieved and certificated
  • UCAS points for volunteers (Level 3 only)
  • comparatively low costs and easy-to-follow support materials
  • opportunity for a provider's logo to feature on a customised certificate
  • fully fundable qualifications through the Education Funding Agency