Qualifications & Accreditations

Please note: we are continuing to update these pages and we envisage all will be completed by the end of May 2024

Ben Robinson



ASDAN is an awarding organisation providing flexible and engaging programmes and qualifications that help young people develop skills for learning, work and life. ASDAN qualifications are externally assessed through a portfolio of evidence.

Our students work towards ASDAN qualifications in either Personal Progress, Personal Social Development and/or Employability from Year 10 until they leave.

Personal Progress - spans a wide range of achievement from the ability to encounter experiences to the ability to apply basic skills, knowledge and understanding to a range of familiar experiences. Personal Progress is offered at Entry Level 1.

You can view all Personal Progress units here

Personal and Social Development (PSD) - embraces personal, social, health, citizenship and ICT, and enables candidates to develop skills that prepare them for independence and working life. PSD is offered at Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2.

You can view all PSD units here

Employability - is 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. Employability is offered at Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2.

You can view all Employability units here

Pearson Functional Skills

Pearson is an awarding organisation providing Functional Skills qualifications in Mathematics, English and ICT at Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2. They are comprehensive qualifications that equip leaners with the practical skills needed to live, learn and work successfully.

The qualifications are examination-based and assess students’ underpinning subject knowledge and their ability to apply this knowledge to different contexts.

Students move onto Pearson Functional Skills once they have completed the relevant Parkwood Hall (PWH) curriculum(s) and are able to sit the examinations from Year 10 onwards. There are a number of access arrangements we can put in place to support students, and they also have the opportunity to re-sit examination(s) if required. 

You can find out more about the Pearson Functional Skills qualifications here

Arts Award

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form - from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry. Students get to:

  • Discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in arts activities and experience arts events.
  • Develop creative and communication skills that are essential for success in 21st century life.
  • Explore the work of artists and craftspeople and gain insights into the professional art world.
  • Gain experience and knowledge to help progress into further education and employment.

Arts Award is offered at five levels: 

  • Discover - an introductory Award.
  • Explore - an Entry Level 3 Award in the Arts.
  • Bronze - a Level 1 Award in the Arts.
  • Silver - a Level 2 Award in the Arts.
  • Gold - a Level 3 Certificate in the Arts.

You can find out more about Arts Award here.