Wider Key Skills
Wider Key Skills is a vocational qualification. All students follow the course over three units: Improving Own Learning, Working With Others and Problem Solving.
Students will be learning and utilising skills that many employers value in their employees. Elements will include research and preparing presentations, planning and delivering projects as part of a team and developing strategies to solve problems.
The awarding body for this qualification is ASDAN.
The course is taught by a dedicated member of staff, Mr Lee Scott.
The course is 100% coursework based and in total, over the three units, equals the equivalent of 2.25 GCSEs. Projects will take the form of portfolios of evidence based material; with students providing written work, photographic evidence (where applicable) and PowerPoint presentations.
There are also plan, do and review sheets to be filled in that detail the students understanding, learning, skills developed and how they have put this into practice to complete the project.
Each unit contains two projects; each unit will be submitted to the awarding body for external moderation.
All units must meet a set of agreed national standards at the assigned level.
Students should expect to complete tasks linked to each module. There is also the option for students to complete the whole of the short course used to facilitate one of the Wider Key Skills modules. To aid homework each student is given a memory stick to encourage independent learning ensuring that research can be completed at home and brought back to school.
Access to all the relevant equipment will be provided. Throughout the course students will hone their existing skills and develop a range of new skills. By the end of the course students will have a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that they have a wide variety of practical skills highly sought after by employers.
There will be trips to relevant places, the opportunity to lead school wide fundraising activities and to be involved with community projects.
ASDAN offers a range of nationally approved qualifications based around the development of personal, social and employability skills. Levels 1 and 2 (Intermediate) qualifications are comparable to GCSEs.
ASDAN qualifications are approved for pre- and post-16 provision by the regulatory authorities for England (Ofqual), Wales (Qualifications Wales) and Northern Ireland (CCEA).
Each qualification sits within the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) – formerly the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) – and some have approval within the SCQF in Scotland.
All ASDAN qualifications have successfully passed the Ofqual review and extension process.
Qualification Codes and Performance
|Wider Key Skills: Improving Own Learning (Level 2)||100/3796/2||34.5|
|Wider Key Skills: Working with Others (Level 2)||100/3792/5||34.5|
|Wider Key Skills: Problem Solving (Level 2)||100/3800/0||34.5|
The qualification codes and performance figures for ASDAN qualifications listed above can also be found on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications (following a search via ASDAN, and then clicking on each qualification, and then each reference to performance figures). For an explanation of the School and College Achievement and Attainment Tables (or Performance Tables) please refer to the DfE website.
To assist with an interpretation of the performance points above, the following table illustrates comparability of performance figures to GCSEs.
|GCSE Grade||Performance Points||Performance Points for same-size qualifications at each level if not graded|
|A*||58||46 Points at Level 2|
|D||34||25 Points at Level 1|
Qualifications of different sizes are given points proportional to their size. For example a wider key skill like Working with Others at Level 2 is ¾ the size of a GCSE and is therefore worth 34.5 (¾ of 46) points (or ¾ Grade B). Three wider key skills at level 2 are therefore comparable to 2¼ GCSEs at Grade B.