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Innovative Gardening Short Course to be launched in March

Innovative Gardening Short Course to be launched in March

ASDAN's new Gardening Short Course, covering topics such as growing fruit and vegetables, planting indoors and art and construction in the garden, will be launched next month.

This latest addition to our popular range of Short Courses will offer exciting and rewarding activities covering all aspects of gardening – from career opportunities to using your produce in the kitchen. The Short Course has been written for learners aged 13 to 19 and can be used in a range of education settings, including schools, colleges and community groups.

Available as a student book and in e-portfolio format, the course will enable young people to:

  • learn and demonstrate the skills and techniques needed in gardening
  • develop an awareness of how gardening promotes a healthier lifestyle and can have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing
  • grow their own food and learn how to use their produce to cook as part of a healthy, balanced diet
  • gain an understanding of the importance of sustainable practice, and the positive impact that gardening has on the wider environment

In addition to developing practical gardening skills, the course aims to foster personal, social and work-related skills including:

  • the ability to learn
  • self-management
  • taking responsibility
  • learning to persevere
  • how to be creative

Structure of the course

All ASDAN Short Courses contain a choice of challenges across a number of modules. As they complete their chosen challenges, learners build a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their achievements. Learners use ASDAN skills sheets to plan and review their work at key points.

Certification can be claimed for between 10 and 60 hours of work, with one ASDAN credit awarded for each 10 hours of work. These credits can be used towards other ASDAN courses, such as the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) qualification at Levels 1 and 2.

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