What is it?

The PSHE Short Course has been updated for 2019 to assist centres in meeting the requirements of the new statutory guidance for sex, relationships and health education in England, which comes into effect in September 2020. You can sign up to receive email updates about the new PSHE Short Course, including free resources.

A new student book is now available, along with a tutor resource pack, which contains detailed session plans and supporting resources (eg worksheets, PowerPoints, information sheets).

The Short Course accredits up to 60 hours of PSHE activity across eleven topic areas. The flexibility of ASDAN's Short Courses means they can be undertaken in a variety of settings, over a time period to suit the individual or co-ordinating centre. Challenge descriptions can be interpreted and adapted to meet the learners' needs.

This Short Course can be completed using the student book or is available for learners to complete online through the ASDAN e-portfolio system. Learners log in to complete challenges, record skills development and upload evidence. Tutors can view learner progress and sign off work, leaving feedback as needed.

Who is it for?

Young people of all abilities, mainly aged between 13 and 19 (as well as adults and younger learners, where appropriate).

Because Short Courses are multi-level, the focus is on completing challenges and skills development according to individual ability, rather than attainment at a specific level. 

Facts and Figures


Learners must present evidence of their activities in an organised portfolio or e-portfolio.

This will contain:

  • a record of challenges completed, with supporting evidence for each challenge
  • recording documents, showing how learners have planned and reviewed their activities
  • summary of achievement, highlighting skills development
  • personal statement

Course Content

The Short Course is split into 11 modules:

  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Keeping safe and healthy
  • Social media
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco and drugs
  • Sexual health
  • Respectful relationships
  • Families and parenting
  • Financial choices
  • Careers and your future
  • Living in modern Britain

Each learner will need their own copy of the Short Course student book or an e-portfolio login – this contains the challenge content and recording documents.

Download sample pages from the PSHE Short Course student book.

Supporting Resources

A tutor resource pack is available to enable the delivery of high quality PSHE lessons and support non-specialist teachers. The resource includes detailed session plans and supporting resources (eg worksheets, PowerPoints, information sheets).

A quick guide to Short Courses is also available to support the delivery of all ASDAN Short Courses. This document offers advice and guidance for tutors, including a step-by-step guide to delivery.

Getting started

If you are not yet registered with ASDAN, your first step is to complete an Application for Centre Registration Form. See the Join section for more information. Current ASDAN centres need to ensure that the programme is added to their centre's registration.

Following registration, you will be able to purchase your books and access additional resources and guidance via the members area of asdan.org.uk. ASDAN also provides introductory workshops and can arrange in-house training.


After successful internal moderation, centres submit a list of candidates' names via the members area of asdan.org.uk and certificates are then issued by ASDAN.

The portfolios are not submitted for external moderation. ASDAN reserves the right to request samples of candidates' portfolios for quality assurance purposes.

Short Courses Online

This online platform offers an alternative way to access Short Courses without needing to purchase student books. Learners can upload evidence to their personal e-portfolio to demonstrate what they have done and the skills they have developed. Tutors moderate e-portfolios on screen and then request certification.

Get started with Short Courses Online.

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