ASDAN is a pioneering curriculum development organisation and internationally recognised awarding body, offering programmes and qualifications that explicitly grow skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life.
Developed and managed by practitioners,
ASDAN grew out of research work at the University of the West of England in the 1980s and was formally established as an educational charity in 1991. The stated purpose of the charity is: “The advancement of education, by providing opportunities for all learners to develop their personal and social attributes and levels of achievement through
ASDAN awards and resources, and the relief of poverty, where poverty inhibits such opportunities for learners.”
A charitable fundoffering grants is in place to support ‘the relief of poverty’.
ASDAN provides support to more than 6,000 registered centres (mostly schools and colleges) throughout the UKand in other countries, publishes more than 100 publication titles, supervises the moderation and verification procedures for all its programmes, and develops new awards, curriculum resources and qualifications in response to the needs of the profession.
ASDAN offers qualifications from Entry 1 to Level 4, which are approved for pre- and post-16 provision by the regulatory authorities for England (Ofqual), Wales (DCELLS) and Northern Ireland (CCEA), and by the Secretary of State under Sections 96 and 97 of the Learning and Skills Act.