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Core Curriculum

ASDAN English Short Course

Who is it for?
  • KS4 students are undertaking ASDAN Short Course in English

The English Short Course accredits up to 60 hours of English language and literature activities. The challenges can be seen as preparation for coursework, as well as assessment opportunities. They can also underpin study of pre-release material and preparation for some elements of GCSE English language and literature examinations.

The flexibility of ASDAN’s Short Courses means they can be carried out in a variety of settings, over a time period to suit the individual or co-ordinating centre. Challenge descriptions can be interpreted and adapted according to the situation.

This Short Course can be completed using the student book or is available for learners to complete online through the ASDAN e-portfolio system. Learners log in to complete challenges, record skills development and upload evidence. Tutors can view learner progress and sign off work, leaving feedback as needed.

Because Short Courses are multi-level, the focus is on completing challenges and skills development according to individual ability, rather than attainment at a specific level.

ASDAN Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course

Who is it for?

Year 10 students will have the opportunity to complete 30-hours of this course in a cross-curricular scheme of work. Students will:

  • Explore career options.
  • Take part in an interview with an industry professional.
  • Write a Personal Statement.
Facts and Figures – ASDAN Short Courses
  • Flexible, multi-level programme
  • Internally moderated
  • Accredits 10-60 hours of activities
  • Can count as up to 3 of the credits needed to achieve the Personal Development Programmes
  • Can count as up to 6 of the credits needed to achieve CoPE

Also offers progression to AoPE and Wider Key Skills


KS3 and KS4

The GCSE course is AQA GCSE English Language.


In year 7 students explore a range of topics and skills.

In years 8 and 9 students have the opportunity to complete or work towards the Step-up to English Silver and Gold qualifications.

Each year students will explore:

A fictional text, poetry and Shakespeare.


Students will learn how to write both fiction and non-fiction, using language techniques, varied vocabulary and ambitious punctuation. Students will also develop their analysis
and comparisons skills, exploring a wide range of texts. Assessments is in the form of two exams.
Paper 1 – 1hour 45-minutes – Fiction
Paper 2 – 1hour 45-minutes – Non-Fiction