ASDAN Excelsis

What is ASDAN?

ASDAN is a pioneering curriculum development organisation and awarding body, offering programmes and qualifications that explicitly grow skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life.

Developed and managed by education practitioners, ASDAN grew out of research work at the University of the West of England in the 1980s and was formally established as an educational charity in 1991.


ASDAN’s Purpose

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.”

ASDAN manages a charitable fund offering grants is in place to support ‘the relief of poverty through education’.

The Excelsis Award has been developed by ASDAN in partnership with the Independent Schools Association to bring an accredited personal skills development programme to the independent sector.

This flexible curriculum framework encourages the development of highly-valued core skills through extra-curricular activities and challenges in PSHE & Citizenship.


Who is it for?

The Excelsis Award has been designed for pupils in independent school settings, but also suits international schools and gifted & talented groups. It is available at three levels:

  • Foundation: aimed at ages 11-14
  • Intermediate: aimed at ages 14-16
  • Advanced: aimed at Post-16

Young people showing exceptional levels of competency for their age may complete the award at a higher, more appropriate level.

The awards are graded depending on the level of commitment from the students, partly in time but also in the quality of the experience they document through the programme.

  • Standard Award requires 50 hours of activity
  • Honours Award requires 100 hours of activity

The ASDAN Excelsis Award dovetails with the school’s Personal Development Goals meaning that the students get to put their own personal and social skills to use in a practical setting.