ASDAN is a pioneering curriculum development organisation and awarding body, which grew out of research work at the University of the West of England in the 1980’s and was formally established as an educational charity in 1991. ASDAN offer programmes and qualifications that explicitly grow skills for learning, for employment and for life.

ASDAN’s charitable purpose 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 fund offering grants is in place to support ‘the relief of poverty’.

Today ASDAN provides support to thousands of registered centres (mostly schools and colleges) throughout the UK and in other countries.

It publishes more than 200 resource titles, supervises the moderation and verification procedures for all its courses, and develops new curriculum programmes, resources and qualifications in response to the needs of the profession.

You can find out more about ASDAN and its range of courses by looking at the ASDAN Prospectus

At Gateway North East we deliver some ASDAN courses, so if you are interested in these and want to know more please contact Joanne Fearn on 0191 5263112, or via email