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ASDAN Short Courses

ASDAN qualifications are designed to equip young people with key personal, social and employability skills.


ASDAN is a registered education charity that designs accessible courses for young people. ASDAN also certifies providers, including those that deliver ASDAN short courses online, and offers accreditation for custom courses. ASDAN stands for ‘the Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network’. The charity’s goal is to serve young people between 11 and 25 years old and provide them with the skills and experience they need to continue their education, enter work, and live independently.


 An ASDAN qualification is proof that a student has completed an ASDAN course. Some qualifications contribute UCAS points, while others certify that a young person has the skills required to enter the workforce or live independently. ASDAN offers a range of qualifications, including a general course for secondary school students, courses designed for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and more. The most common qualification is the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE): CoPE Level 1 is an ASDAN qualification equivalent to a GCSE grade 2, providing 25 UCAS points, while Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE grade 6, providing 46 points. Students that earn a Level 3 CoPE receive 70 UCAS points, the equivalent of an A grade at AS Level.

Flexible Ways to Learn

We offer three flexible ways to learn so that young people of all backgrounds and abilities can take part, regardless of their situation or location.



Studying ASDAN short courses online offers greater flexibility. Students can pursue their ASDAN qualification from any location at a time that fits within their schedule. This is particularly important for those who are unable to attend school in person.

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Young people can study the full range of short courses onsite during weekly one hour sessions at Whisgills House in the Scottish Borders where our ponies, pigs, ducks, chickens, dogs and cats all help to deliver the learning. 

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Learners can choose to study online and have periodic 'access days' where they come to the farm for hands-on learning in animal care, gardening, land-based skills and more. 

The Range of ASDAN Courses

Are you a parent, teacher, home educator, youth group leader or alternative education provider? Explore our range of courses below and contact us to arrange a bespoke learning experience for individuals or groups of young people.

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