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ASDAN & Certificate of Personal Effectiveness


ASDAN is a personal development programme studied in years 9, 10 & 11.

Students choose and complete challenges from 13 modules to gain credits.

  1. Communication

  2. The Community

  3. Sport and Leisure

  4. Home management

  5. The Environment

  6. Number Handling

  7. Health and Survival

  8. World of Work

  9. Science and Technology

  10. The Wider World

  11. Expressive Arts

  12. Beliefs and Values

  13. Combined Studies

Students need to achieve:

  • 6 credits for a Bronze certificate (1/2 a GCSE)

  • 12 credits for a Silver certificate (Low GCSE)

  • 18 credits for a Gold certificate (High GCSE)

The pupils work towards their bronze, silver and gold awards, designed to develop a range of skills that will be invaluable when they start work and begin living independent lives, including: teamwork; independent learning; coping with problems; and using maths, English and ICT.

These skills include completing a range of challenges, which are recorded and evidenced in their portfolio. The challenges undertaken include:

  • The environment: working as a team to improve an outside area within the school

  • Science and Technology: using IT to research and plan investigations and experiments

  • The wider world: organising and running an event with a theme

  • Home management: plan and prepare meals

  • Sport and leisure: taking part in a residential trip

  • Number handling: plan a journey from beginning to end, learn to play a new game, create a weekly shopping list within a budget

CoPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness)

Pupils work towards completing challenges at the appropriate level to build a Portfolio of Evidence which demonstrates competence in the following skills, including: improving own learning and performance; planning and carrying out a piece of research; communication through discussion and planning; giving an oral presentation; problem solving and working with others.

These challenges enable pupils to develop self-confidence as they develop planning and reviewing skills in a range of subject areas. The pupils develop their social skills and an appreciation of the wider world. The course encourages valuable skills such as listening, debating and recording evidence.

Pupils will learn through a variety of media, including presentations, discussions and written work.

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