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The Rowans AP Academy

Inspiring change for a brighter future


ASDAN provides flexible engaging programmes and qualifications that will help our pupils develop skills for learning work and life. Over the year pupils will undertake three short courses; Animal Care, Hospitality and Opening Minds. These courses are not GCSE’s, however they will provide life skills that will enhance future opportunities. All of these short courses are tailored to develop self-confidence, self-awareness and gain a better understanding of being a successful learner.

Pupils will gain valuable skills that will help when it comes to gaining employment, so that they are well equipped to cope with the demands of life after school. Throughout these courses’ pupils will also gain a better understanding of how to keep themselves safe and healthy both physically and mentally. Personal development is a huge part of our school ethos and this programme where learners are well prepared to respect others and contribute to wider society.

Animal Care - The Animal Care Short Course can accredit between 10 and 60 hours of learners' activities and involvement in caring for all types of animals. This could range from looking after domestic pets at home, to working with farm animals and wildlife in the community, to finding out about more exotic species at zoos and wildlife centres.

Hospitality - Vocational Tasters offer learners a concrete introduction to a range of employment sectors. Ideal for learners following an alternative progression route, these courses help learners to make progress towards their personal learning and career aims. Increasing learners’ knowledge of different employment sectors will help them to make informed and long-lasting decisions about their post-16 destinations.

Opening Minds - Opening Minds was developed by the RSA (the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). It is a curriculum framework made up of five groups of competences: citizenship, learning, managing information, relating to people and managing situations. A good Opening Minds curriculum will equip students with the skills and self-awareness that will enable them to achieve their full potential at school, in FE and HE, and eventually to be successful in the workplace.

Teacher: Miss King