ASDAN and BTEC Work Skills

ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network)

The ASDAN Bronze and Silver Award programme is offered to some young people who attend the day programme. The ASDAN Award is a challenge based programme designed to engage young people in their learning. It focuses on the main skills of English, Maths and ICT, coping with problems, teamwork and learning.  It involves young people taking ownership of their learning by choosing modules and challenges to improve their skills in a number of areas. Six credits are needed to attain the Bronze award and 12 credits to gain the silver award. Each credit takes approximately 10 learning hours to complete. Throughout the programme, young people are expected to review and evaluate their achievements and produce a Summary of Achievement and a Personal Statement on completion of their award.

Progress from these awards can lead to qualifications in AoPE (Award of Personal Development), CoPE (Certificate in Personal Effectiveness) and PSD (Personal and Social Development). As a number of local mainstream schools offer this qualification at Key Stage 4, it means the qualification is transferable to home schools when young people move on from The Hope Service.

BTEC Award in Workskills (Edexcel)

BTEC Workskills is offered to young people in Years 10 or 11 for 1 or 2 sessions per week and is designed to offer a flexible, relevant course to improve understanding and application of work-based skills. This qualification is offered at Level 1 and follows a modular approach, meaning that learners can gain a qualification at their own pace along a flexible route. The requirement to gain the BTEC Award in Workskills is a minimum of 3 units; each unit encompasses approximately 10 learning hours.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1 Award has been developed to give learners the opportunity to:

  • Engage in learning that is relevant to them and which will provide opportunities to develop a range of skills and techniques
  • Personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life
  • Achieve a nationally recognised Level 1 vocationally-related qualification
  • Progress to employment in a particular vocational sector
  • Progress to related general and/or vocational qualifications.