Students can achieve accreditation at all levels through ASDAN - a charity, curriculum development organisation and awarding body offering qualifications to grow skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life regardless of ability.

Accreditation pathway Potential pathway: year 11 ASDAN credits achieved 2015-16 ASDAN assessment example

Curriculum Overview

The aim of the Post 16 Department is to maximise the young people’s independence and establish a learning pathway that will offer them the greatest chance to reach employment and study accreditation that is meaningful. Post 16 students have a timetable that is planned to meet individual skills and interests, whilst supporting young people for later life and the transition to adulthood.

Collaborative work with the residential department means each young people is supported to make academic progress. A learning pathway is created for each young person to establish the best possible accreditation outcomes.

The range of accreditation that a Post 16 pupil can access includes:

Life Skills Challenges (pre-Entry L1 – Entry L3):

Life Skills Challenges offer those entering post-16 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 (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.

Artisan Bakery Manager, Dylan in the Bread & Beyond bakery with Priors Court student, ShaunWorkright (Entry Level 1):

This accreditation provides a framework to develop a range of basic transferable employment skills. Learners undertaking this accreditation need a work placement.

Employability (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 work place environment. All learner’s undertaking this qualification need to have access to a work placement.

Personal and Social Development (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. Learners develop early skills of managing their own wellbeing, whilst undertaking new activities and personal challenges.


Year 14

From the 9 young people in Year 14 (their final year):

  • 4 young people have exceeded their target for the year 2017 – 2018
  • 5 young people have met their target for the year 2017 – 2018
  • 5 young people have achieved a Diploma in Personal progress meaning they have achieved over 37 credits at Entry level 1
  • 4 young people have achieved a certificate in Personal progress meaning they have achieved over 14 credits at Entry level 1


  • 3 young people have achieved an Award in Personal and Social Development meaning they have achieved 6 credits at Entry level 1
  • 1 young person achieved two units of Employability at Entry level 2

Work Placements

Student on work placement at the HiltonThere are a wide range of work placement opportunities, both onsite and in the community which support the development of a young person’s employment skills. These areas include: Catering & Hospitality, Administration and Finance, Horticulture and Animal Care and Estates Work and Housekeeping. Young people are set targets from a skills analysis for specific jobs and their progress is measured from a bespoke assessment tool.