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Personal and Social Development

About this course

What is it?

The Personal and Social Development (PSD) qualifications offer imaginative ways of supporting young people in:

  • becoming confident individuals who are physically, emotionally and socially healthy
  • being responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society and embrace change
  • managing risk together with their own wellbeing

as well as introducing them to new activities and personal challenges.

Read the full PSD specifications:

Awards: Entry 1Entry 2Entry 3Level 1Level 2

Certificates: Entry 1Entry 2Entry 3Level 1Level 2

Who is it for?

PSD at Entry 1, 2 and 3 is used by students aged 14+ and adults in the Foundation Learning stage of their development. PSD Levels 1 & 2 is used by mainstream establishments for students aged 14-19, and also for adults. These qualifications also play a major role in rewarding achievement within the non-formal sector.

Facts and figures

  • Nationally recognised certification
  • Accreditation for existing PSHE and PSD activities
  • Opportunities to include activities both inside and outside of school and in non-formal situations
  • 100% coursework and postal moderation
  • In Wales and Northern Ireland, ASDAN qualifications can contribute towards school/college performance measures. Download this information sheet for details.
  • 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.

Structure

Learners have to complete enough units to reach the required number of credits for a particular size of qualification.

  • At Entry 1-3: 6 credits are required for an Award, and 13 credits for a Certificate.
  • At Levels 1-2: 8 credits are required for an Award, and 13 for a Certificate.

Each credit is equivalent to around 10 hours of learning time.

Download a table of PSD units at all levels.


Units and standards

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

Please note that centres registered to deliver PSD 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 PSD Entry 1-3 standards with guidance and sample units from the PSD Levels 1-2 standards with guidance.

Exemplar portfolios

These exemplar unit portfolios have been created to provide guidance for centres on the type and amount of evidence required for PSD units.

1. Staff training


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

2. Register with ASDAN


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

3. Centre approval


• Centres will need to provide specific policies and procedures and provide additional information in order to be given centre approval.
• Centres are risk rated and all new centres will require a centre approval visit.
• Centres will be required to review and renew a number of centre policies each year.

4. Create a new cohort


• Create a new cohort in the members’ area of the ASDAN website: asdan.org.uk
• Specify a course co-ordinator and select your expected moderation date.
• Enter the number of learners taking the course, with learner names if known.

5. Delivery and assessment


• Create assessment plans for all units being assessed. Centres may be asked to supply them to ASDAN for validation.
• Deliver the course to candidates, making use of the standards and general guidance and assessment resources.

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 qualification. Ensure that candidates are given adequate time to make any
necessary amendments.

8. External moderation


• Book your moderation. Deadline of 30 November for booking moderation within the academic year.
• Confirm your learner names and details.
• 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.

 

Costs

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

Item Price
Personal and Social Development:   
Award or Certificate all levels £29.95

 

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Products

PSD Entry Standards with Guidance

The Standards with Guidance is a vital document that describes the standards candidates must meet for each PSD assessment unit and provides guidance to support these standards at Entry level 1, 2 and 3.

All centres registered for PSD are issued with a copy. This resource is also available for registered PSD centres to download from the members area of this website.

£8.40

PSD Levels 1 and 2 Standards with Guidance

The Standards with Guidance is a vital document that describes the standards candidates must meet for each PSD assessment unit and provides guidance to support these standards at Entry level 1, 2 and 3.

All centres registered for PSD are issued with a copy. This resource is also available for registered PSD centres to download from the members area of this website.

£8.40
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PSD Entry Standards with Guidance

The Standards with Guidance is a vital document that describes the standards candidates must meet for each PSD assessment unit and provides guidance to support these standards at Entry level 1, 2 and 3.

All centres registered for PSD are issued with a copy. This resource is also available for registered PSD centres to download from the members area of this website.

£8.40

PSD Levels 1 and 2 Standards with Guidance

The Standards with Guidance is a vital document that describes the standards candidates must meet for each PSD assessment unit and provides guidance to support these standards at Entry level 1, 2 and 3.

All centres registered for PSD are issued with a copy. This resource is also available for registered PSD centres to download from the members area of this website.

£8.40
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Course Resources


Learning log


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.

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