The ASDAN Level 1 Certificate in Employability is designed to help learners develop the skills needed to become successful employees. The primary purpose of this qualification is to support them in overcoming barriers to entering work. It is primarily intended for young people and adults who are not yet ready for employment but for whom a job is a realistic aim within a reasonable timescale. It may also suit those experiencing the workplace for the first time that need to develop employability skills.

Who is it for?

  •  At Key Stages 3 and 4, schools, academies, alternative education providers and training organisations can use the qualifications to accredit preparation for employment training, career education, enterprise education, work-related learning and work experience.
  • It is ideal for Post-16 training organisations and colleges delivering study programmes, traineeships and provision as part of youth contracts and the DWP Work Programme.

Facts and figures

  • Employability is a nationally recognised qualification, fully approved by Ofqual in England and by the relevant regulatory bodies for use in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
  • Following amendments to the school and college performance tables in England, qualifications that do not rely on a written examination for assessment purposes, such as ASDAN qualifications, do not, themselves, contribute to the tables. There is however strong evidence that ASDAN qualifications improve performance in English and Mathematics, which have a double weighting in school performance measures such as Progress 8.

There are various units depending on the year group or extended learning

Title Credit rating
Maintaining work standards 3
Career exploration 2
Applying for a job 2
Exploring job opportunities 1
Learning through work experience 3
Communicating with others at work 1
Customer service 2
Health and safety in the workplace 2
Managing personal finance as an employee 2
Overcoming barriers to work 1
Participating in an enterprise activity 3

Structure of the qualification

The qualification is credit-based and students combine units from those listed above. Students must complete 15 credits worth of units in total for a full Certificate qualification. A minimum of 8 credits must be achieved inorder to be awarded a qualification outcome.

Assessment and moderation

Students complete a portfolio of evidence which is internally assessed by centre assessors against the unit assessment criteria. Assessors need to ensure that there is explicit evidence in the portfolio to show that the student has met the required standard.