Learning delivered at Prior’s Court is accredited by ASDAN, a charity, curriculum development organisation and awarding body offering qualifications to grow skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

ASDAN offers a framework of qualifications which our young people work towards from their very first day with us. Pathways provide opportunities for personal, social and independence skills to be developed with modules which can be used separately and accumulated to build a record of personal achievement.  

While ASDAN provides a formal qualification structure for our young people, learning itself is delivered through the Prior’s Court Learning Framework which outlines how we aim to deliver on our ambition for our young people – to be happy, healthy, more independent and able to work.

Accreditation and qualification pathway Example pathway - Trade skills ASDAN certified outcomes 2019-21

Lower School ASDAN Programmes and Qualifications

The accreditation that a Lower School student can access includes:

New Horizons (KS3)

New Horizons is an activity-based accreditation developing skills in PSHE, Citizenship and Careers Education. It allows our young people to explore different experiences within Prior's Court and the local community, and recognition for small steps of achievement.

Many of the activities focus on our young people learning about themselves, their families and their likes and dislikes.

Transition Challenge (KS4)

Transition Challenge is a module-based accreditation.

There are two pathways available:

  • Sensory - small steps of learning and achievement for concrete and sensory-based learners
  • Introduction and Progression - which focuses on statutory Key Stage 4 National Curriculum and developing skills required for adult living through exploring and sharing ideas with others. Learners complete a series of activities from modules in their student book which help our students identify and develop their skills before entering into our post-16 vocational streams.

Both accreditations provide a way of formally recognising our student’s achievements and journey through education.

All students that access the New Horizons and Transition Challenge accreditations have the opportunity to gain both silver and gold certificates for their accomplishments and can use them to support work placement applications in the future.

Post-16 ASDAN Programmes and Qualifications

The range of accreditation that an Upper School (Post-16) young person can access includes:

Lifeskills Challenge (pre-Entry L1 – Entry L3)

Lifeskills Challenge offers those entering Upper School a range of short topic-based activities to demonstrate achievement in a range of curriculum areas that are important for success in adult life.

Personal Progress (NQF Entry Level 1)

This program offers a wide range of units for the learner to select; curriculum, life skills, developing employment skills and leisure activities. Although all units are aimed at Entry level 1, each unit spans a wide range of achievement; from the ability to encounter new experiences to the ability to apply basic skills, knowledge and understanding to a range of familiar experiences.

Workright (Entry Level 1)

This qualification provides a framework to develop a range of basic transferable employment skills. Learners undertaking this accreditation need a work placement, which is a key aspect of our “Vocational Learning” Area of Learning.

Employability (NQF Entry Level 2 and 3)

This qualification focuses on preparation for employment and work-related learning. All units reflect the ability to make use of skills knowledge and understanding to carry out simple familiar tasks in the workplace environment. All learners undertaking this qualification need to have access to a work placement, which is a key aspect of our “Vocational Learning” Area of Learning.

Personal and Social Development (NQF Entry Level 1, 2 and 3)

This qualification pathway offers formal accreditation for learners developing their confidence physically, emotionally and socially, to become responsible citizens to the society in which they live. Students develop early skills of managing their own wellbeing, whilst undertaking new activities and personal challenges.

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