Teacher: Miss Gemma Brown

Students can choose ASDAN as one or both of their one year options.

The ASDAN Award Scheme offers a range of approved non-GCSE qualifications.

The Personal Development Programmes feature 13 modules. Each learner 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. Six credits are needed to achieve Bronze, 12 credits for Silver and 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: Teamwork, Learning, Coping with Problems, Use of Maths, Use of English and Use of IT. There are pro forma recording documents (Skills Sheets) to guide students.

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; Communication.

The ASDAN scheme is intended to offer students a practical based option in which they complete various projects, such as helping in the school and local community. These projects include work with Cartmel in Bloom, Cartmel Primary School as well as organising fundraising activities within school.