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Wider Key Skills

About this course

What is it?

Wider Key Skills (available in Northern Ireland only) are skills that are commonly needed for success in a range of activities in education and training, work and life in general. There are three Wider Key Skills qualifications available at Levels 1, 2 and 3:

  • Working With Others
  • Improving Own Learning and Performance
  • Problem Solving

Each skill is a stand-alone qualification and evidence can come from any context or activity, including GCSE, GCE, NVQ qualifications; work experience; employment; voluntary or youth work; and many ASDAN courses.

Read the full Wider Key Skills specifications:

Operational end dates

Please note that ASDAN has decided not to extend Wider Key Skills qualifications at Levels 1 and 2 in Northern Ireland. The final date to purchase candidate registrations for Level 1 was 31 December 2020 and the final date for certification is 31 December 2022. Registrations for Wider Key Skills Level 3 will close on 31 December 2021 and the final date for certification is 31 December 2023.

Registrations for Wider Key Skills Level 2 are currently available to purchase until 31 December 2024. The final date for certification is 31 December 2026.

Who is it for?

The Wider Key Skills qualifications aim to develop and recognise each candidate’s ability to apply these skills in ways that are appropriate to different contexts and to improve the quality of their learning and performance. They are intended for everyone, from pupils in schools to chief executives in large companies.

Facts and figures

  • Following changes to UCAS points for all qualifications, each Wider Key Skill is worth 6 UCAS points for students entering higher education from 2017. Download information about changes to the UCAS points tariff for 2017 entry.
  • 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.
  • In Wales and Northern Ireland, ASDAN qualifications can contribute towards school/college performance measures. Download this information sheet for details.

Structure

Due to the generic and flexible delivery approach used with Wider Key Skills, no definitive delivery time (Guided Learning Hours) is specified. However, it is anticipated that each Wider Key Skill will take approximately 30 to 40 hours, based on guidance for delivery and funding at Post-16.

Download the standards for the three Wider Key Skills (Problem Solving, Improving own Learning and Performance, Working with Others) at Levels 1–3. 

The following documents can be downloaded for free:

Full qualification specifications

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 Wider Key Skills. Membership allows centres to purchase materials and access support from ASDAN, including regular mailings and updates.

3. Arrange moderation and purchase candidate registrations

Candidate registrations should be purchased and moderation arranged as you begin the qualification – individual candidate names are not needed until you are ready to submit them for external moderation.

The candidate registration fee covers the administrative costs of registering the candidate for the qualification, co-ordination of moderation and awarding/certification. External moderation can be requested for any date and will be carried out by post or centre visit.

4. Read the standards and general guidance

Download the Key Steps Standards with Guidance and general guidance documents from the course resources below. 

5. Download assessment resources

These can be downloaded from the course resources below.

6. Check and internally moderate

The internal moderation guidance in the course resources below explains the purpose of internal moderation, what is involved, and how to record the internal moderation process.

Centres should carry out a rigorous Internal Moderation process before entry for external moderation to ensure that candidates have fulfilled the requirements for the qualification. This should ensure the only candidates entered for external moderation have fulfilled the requirements for the qualification. 

7. Submit candidate names for registration

Individual candidates’ names and details must be submitted no later than four weeks before external moderation.

Candidates will be fully registered when this stage of the process has been completed. Registration lasts for five years.

7.a. Exemptions from CoPE units for candidates who have completed Wider Key Skills

If you wish to transfer credit from units that have been achieved within a different qualification, or claim exemption, please ensure that you read the information on credit transfer and the qualification’s rules of combination before completing the Candidate Registration and Submission Form. 

You can claim exemption for your candidates from the CoPE units Introduction to Working with Others, Introduction to Improving own Learning and Performance and Introduction to Problem Solving, if they have already achieved the corresponding Wider Key Skills qualifications. In order to claim exemption:

On the Candidate Registration and Submission Form, only list the units you are submitting for moderation, not those for which you wish to claim prior achievement or exemption. 

8. Send portfolios for external moderation

About two weeks before your moderation date, your centre's Wider Key Skills coordinator will be emailed a copy of your candidate submission. Please check this form to ensure that all details are correct and inform qualifications@asdan.org.uk immediately if there are any errors. 

Portfolios marked with an asterisk * have been selected for sample. These portfolios should be sent to your External Moderator by courier or recorded delivery to arrive no later than two days before your moderation date. Please send the requested sample portfolios only. 

From September 2020:

  • for all qualifications, centres are required to provide one of their assessment plans alongside their sample portfolios, which must represent one of the activities used for the current moderation
  • it is mandatory that centres include records of internal moderation within the portfolios requested for sampling

9. Candidate results

After moderation, the External Moderator will send all paperwork to ASDAN Central Office. Once this has been received, certificates for successful candidates will be issued within 20 working days.

Costs

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

Item Price
Wider Key Skills (Northern Ireland only)   
Level 2 £9.25 (per skill)
Level 3 £10.45 (per skill)

Products can be purchased below.

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Products

Key skills picture stickers

Large round stickers containing a graphic image of the each key skill. They can be used in student booklets to identify the skills demonstrated while completing challenges, and are particularly helpful for students with SEND.

£11.90

Wider Key Skills Standards with Guidance

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

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

£8.40
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Key skills picture stickers

Large round stickers containing a graphic image of the each key skill. They can be used in student booklets to identify the skills demonstrated while completing challenges, and are particularly helpful for students with SEND.

£11.90

Wider Key Skills Standards with Guidance

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

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

£8.40
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Course Resources


Reasonable adjustments application form


Special consideration application form


Learning log


Evaluation Chart (individual)

This evaluation chart can be used by learners to evaluate a six-week individual activity. Learners are asked to mark on the graph each week to show what they did and how they felt; at the end of the project the learner should join up the marks to give a picture of the whole activity. This resource is particularly suited to challenges in Short Courses, Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold), CoPE and Wider Key Skills.


Evaluation Chart (group)

This evaluation chart can be used by learners to evaluate a six-week group activity. Each member of the group should choose a different colour and mark on the graph each week to show what they did and how they felt. At the end of the project, each group member then joins up their marks to give a picture of the whole activity. This resource is particularly suited to challenges in Short Courses, Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold), CoPE and Wider Key Skills.


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.


Self-evaluation template

This generic self-evaluation template can be used by learners to evaluate almost any group activity. Learners are asked to record how they felt about the activity and pick out the best and worst bits, before reflecting on what they could do better next time. This resource is particularly suited to challenges in Short Courses, Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold), CoPE and Wider Key Skills.


Teamwork Health Check

This generic teamwork health check template can support a wide range of group activities. Learners are asked to come up with a list of agreed ground rules for good teamwork, then rate each group member's performance against these criteria. This resource is particularly suited to challenges in Short Courses, Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold), CoPE and Wider Key Skills.