SHORT COURSES. Your child should be approx 12+ to start a short course however because they are multi-level, the focus is on completing challenges and skills development according to individual ability. A learner would need to be able to demonstrate the skills for a level 1 qualification (Pre GCSE level Key Stage 3) otherwise they would not be able to be awarded a certificate and/or credits unless there is supporting medical evidence of learning disability which would allow the moderators to make reasonable adjustments for. The subject options are extensive! There really is something for everyone, from Football, Expressive Arts, Gardening to Core Subjects like Maths, English. Like going on trips? Try the adventure and residential course. Accredits 10-60 hours of activities. Currently priced at £45 per child.
The basic concept behind ASDAN courses and qualifications is in the challenges. Your child PLANS to do a challenge, DO the challenge and then REVIEW how the challenge went. You build a portfolio of evidence of the challenges, the outcome of challenges isn’t important, the journey and experience are.
"PLAN DO AND REVIEW"
Completing an ASDAN course builds a portfolio of work that evidences core skill development in the following areas:
1) Learning - How the Learner manages their personal development and learning. It's about planning and working towards targets to improve performance and reviewing their own progress.
2) Teamwork - How the learner works with others when planning and carrying out activities to get things done. Achieving SHARED objectives. This will involve working with a group of people.
3) Coping with Problems - Recognising problems and doing something about them. It's about using different methods to find a solution and checking to see if they work.
4) Use of IT - making the best use of computers and other items such as printers, scanners, and digital cameras. Being familiar with how to use this equipment is of vital importance not only in the workplace but also at home.
5) Use of English - not only about how you talk to people but also about the ways you find out information and let others know your views and opinions in an appropriate manner. It also includes aspects of writing and reading.
6) Use of Maths - a learners ability to use numbers. Being able to demonstrate a good level of numeracy skills is highly sought after by employers. Short courses will give the learner opportunities to practise their numeracy skills.
Building a learners portfolio of completed challenges will require lots of evidence gathering. We are looking for evidence that shows the core skill development and a stranger would be able to say with reasonable certainty, that this is the learner's own work.
Evidence can be in a multitude of different formats, from photos (annotated), videos, witness statements, diary, PowerPoint/google slides presentations, letters, emails, diagrams, notes, charts, surveys, research.
It is key that the learner understands what plagiarism is and why is not acceptable. Short courses will help them develop the important skill of referencing their sources. There are a number of different resources and youtube videos regarding plagiarism.