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 certified outcomes 2017-19 ASDAN assessment example

Curriculum Overview

The aim of the Upper School 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. Upper School 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 an Upper School 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 exceeded their target for the year 2017 – 2018
  • 5 young people met their target for the year 2017 – 2018
  • 5 young people achieved a Diploma in Personal progress meaning they have achieved over 37 credits at Entry level 1
  • 4 young people 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 HiltonYoung people in the upper school focus on the ‘World of Work’ and the skills required to access this. There are a wide range of work experience and placement opportunities, both onsite and in the community which support the development of a young person’s employment skills. Our goal is for our young people to be able to access work after gaining the skills needed through on the job learning and training.

We have identified seven key learning areas or streams where young people can focus on developing their skills and undertake work placements and experience;

  1. Transitional/preparation for work
  2. Catering and hospitality
  3. Admin and finance
  4. Business and enterprise
  5. Land based
  6. Trade skills
  7. House keeping

Read more about our Upper School Curriculum.