Advice and support

Last updated: 27 October 2021

ASDAN would like to reassure centres that we are here to support you as best we can during the ongoing Covid-19 situation. 

We are operating virtually and our Centre Support team and regional team will continue to be available by phone and email. Our premises are open for deliveries at pre-arranged times but otherwise we continue to work remotely.  

Update for members delivering ASDAN qualifications

Autumn 2021 and 2021/2022 awarding

Consultation on arrangements for assessing and awarding VTQs in 2021 to 2022 has concluded and the Department for Education (DfE) and Ofqual have published a joint consultation for the assessment and awarding of Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQs) and other general qualifications in 2021/22.

The government’s intention is that teaching, learning and assessment for VTQs and other general qualifications will go ahead in the next academic year. However, it is recognised that due to the significant disruption faced by learners, adaptations implemented by Awarding Organisations in the current academic year may need to continue in 2021/22.

In line with the government policy, qualifications in 2021/22 will be awarded based on evidence from assessments and not Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) and the adaptations introduced in 2020 will be available for learners concluding their qualifications in the 2021/22 academic year.

Associated VTQ documents, including changes to the regulatory framework conditions, requirements and guidance are also available from the following links:

Next steps

ASDAN will continue with the adaptations implemented in 2020/21 and will be reviewing the needs of both the learners and centres in terms whether further adaptations will be required.

Supporting members

ASDAN have implemented adaptations to some qualifications to support with the impact of disruption to teaching, learning and assessment, and any ongoing disruption to or restrictions on the delivery of assessments, through the adaptation of qualifications and assessments. 

Adaptation guidance documents 2020–2022 can be downloaded from the Other Information section on the following course pages:

EQA Activity

EQA activity will be completed remotely until Spring 2022 at the earliest. Your allocated External Quality Assurer(s) will be in contact to discuss moderation arrangements for 2021-22 as well as upcoming centre quality assurance reviews in Autumn 2021.  

Mandatory requirements

In light of any adaptations that ASDAN will be moderating, this is a reminder that from September 2020 it became a mandatory requirement that centres provide records of internal moderation and a copy of at least one assessment plant for the units in their submission.

Information for all members

ASDAN training workshops are currently being delivered remotely by webinar. Please see our training page for more information. We are also delivering in-service training (INSET) remotely. 

ASDAN’s relationship management team is offering centres support by phone, email or video conferencing.  Contact details for the team are available on out Contact us page.

Please contact our Centre Support team if you have any specific concerns in the first instance: 

Phone: 0117 954 8316  

We send our very best wishes for your health and wellbeing in the coming weeks and months.  

The ASDAN team