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Smithdon High School


ASDAN Qualification**

Exam Board - ASDAN                                   

The course:

ASDAN Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver and Gold) offer students flexible, activity-based programmes, focussing on development and accreditation of personal and social skills. Although it is not a GCSE subject, students’ achievements on this course are recognised by colleges.

When students have completed the Awards, we offer additional support and study time for their other options/exam subjects.

The aims of the programmes are:

  • To enable young people to understand themselves and others better
  • To be more prepared for making the transition to adult life
  • To become an effective member of adult society

The programme is split into 13 modules:

  • Communication
  • The Community
  • Sports and Leisure
  • Home Management
  • The Environment
  • Number Handling
  • Health and Survival
  • The World at Work
  • Science and Technology
  • The Wider World
  • Expressive Arts
  • Beliefs and Values
  • Combined Studies

In each module the students are assessed on the different skills used. These include:

  1. Teamwork
  2. Learning methods
  3. Coping with problems
  4. Use of maths
  5. Use of English
  6. Use of IT


There are no exams in ASDAN.

Students produce a portfolio of evidence of their achievements throughout the ASDAN Awards. This portfolio is continually assessed internally by the Award Coordinators and a selection of students’ work is sent away for external moderation.

Assessment Units are selected each year based on the overall needs of the group.


** This qualification is only available to a selected group of students. Please speak to Ms. Bazeley-Smith or Mrs. Mandal, if you are interested in choosing this option.