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Smithdon High School

ASDAN Qualification

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.


ASDAN KS4 Curriculum Topics


The Personal Development Programmes feature means students must work from their own student book and compile a portfolio of evidence to show what they have done.  

Students gain 1 or 2 credits for each section completed, with each credit representing about 10 hours of activity. 
      6 credits are needed to achieve Bronze
      12 credits for Silver 
      18 credits for Gold. 
Internally-moderated Bronze Credit certificates are available for any learner that completes less than 60 hours work.  

Students are required to plan and review their work at key points, explaining how they have developed their skills in six areas. There are pro forma recording documents (Skills Sheets) to guide them. 
      Coping with problems
      Use of Maths
      Use of English 
      Use of IT

The student book contains the following modules: 
      Combined Studies
      Beliefs and Values 
      Expressive Arts
      The Wider World
      Science and Technology
      World of Work
      Health and Survival
      Number Handling
      The Environment
      Home Management
      Sport and Leisure
      The Community