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Qualifications & Accreditation


Our qualifications are accredited through the following examination boards:

  • AQA
  • Asdan

All students are sent a list of dates for any accreditation they may be involved in, attendance on examination days is vital and we do not authorise any absence during the exam period.

Should you wish to appeal against any of the results awarded, including marking of coursework, and controlled tasks, we will be able to assist you with this. Where applicable, the school will put in place access arrangements, in line with exam board regulations, for students who need these to participate in externally accredited courses.

If you have any other queries, please contact Mr Summerfield, Exams Officer.



Accreditation Explained

Personal Progress: The qualifications have been developed for learners working towards and at Entry 1 to have their achievements recognised within a qualification framework. They can be undertaken in schools, colleges, residential and day care services, training providers and independent provision.

Personal Progress (PP) is available for delivery in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Key features

· nine new units written specifically for learners with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD)

· the assessment guidance has been updated to reflect modern life (eg use of technology, improving mental health and wellbeing)

· only one mandatory document per unit, the evidence transcript, to help reduce the administration burden on centres

· the qualification specification contains all the required delivery information in one document

· an extended certificate size qualification is now available to bridge the gap from the certificate to diploma


ASDAN Short Courses are flexible, portfolio-based programmes designed to accredit up to 60 hours of activity and skills development across a range of topics and curriculum areas. Currently, students are studying ‘Planning a Trip/Residential’, although other short courses may be available in future.


ASDAN Employability: Students have opportunity to regularly visit a work placement (as a group), and therefore gain hands-on experience. In conjunction, they work through a range of modules including:

· Fundamental Skills- The skills needed as a base for further development

· Communication Use numbers Manage information

· Personal Management Skills:

· Teamwork Skills: The skills and attributes needed to contribute effectively

· The working environment

· Work with others

· Think and solve problems Participate in projects and tasks

ASDAN Personal Social Development (PSD)- Entry Level 1, 2 or 3: The PSD accreditation is for students who are working at entry level. The qualification offers imaginative ways of supporting young people in: becoming confident individuals who are physically, emotionally and socially healthy; being responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society and embrace change; managing risk together with their own wellbeing. Links will be made to the CoPE group, and students will therefore have lots of opportunity to work collaboratively.

Functional Skills (Mathematics and English) - Entry Level 1 to Level 2: Pupils at Hazel Oak Sixth Form work towards Functional Skills qualifications in mathematics and English. These courses explore the skills required to function in areas of work, around the home and other real-life scenarios. The qualifications are recognised by many employers and are applauded for their focus on the practical application of the skills taught.