Head of Faculty: Mrs S Wiltshire
Teaching Staff: Mr S Leonard, Mrs A Caines
Level of teaching: KS4 and KS5 at The New Sixth (see Level Up)

For further information about this course, please email the Head of Faculty, Mrs S Wiltshire
or telephone her on 01225 312661.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

This course is not studied at Key Stage 3.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Course Code: Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (

ASDAN at St Mark’s offers students the opportunity to follow ASDAN’s Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver and Gold) which provide ways of developing, recording and certificating a wide range of young people’s personal qualities, abilities and achievements, as well as introducing them to new activities and challenges.

Students complete challenges from the 13 modules that comprise the Personal Development Programmes and compile a portfolio of evidence to show what they have done. The modules are:

Year 10 – Order of topics may vary dependent on teacher

Terms 1 & 2
The Community
Sport and Leisure

Terms 3 & 4
Home Management
The Environment
Number Handling

Terms 5 & 6
Health and Survival
World of Work

Year 11 – Order of topics may vary dependent on teacher

Terms 1 & 2
Science and Technology
The Wider World
Expressive Arts

Terms 3 & 4
Beliefs and Values
Combined Studies

Students gain 1 or 2 credits for each section completed, with each credit representing about 10 hours of activity. Six credits (approx. 60 hours) are needed to achieve Bronze, 12 credits (approx. 120 hours) for Silver and 18 credits (approx. 180 hours) for Gold. Students are required to plan and review their work at key points, explaining how they have developed their skills in six areas: Teamwork, Learning, Coping with problems, Use of Maths, Use of English and Use of IT. Portfolios are moderated by ASDAN and certificates awarded accordingly.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

Course Codes:
BTEC First Awards Health and Social Care (
Public Services (
V Certificate in Food and Cookery (
Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (

Students who take this course:
Level Up provides opportunities for students whose GCSE results need to be improved so that they can qualify for Level 3 courses (A Levels or BTECs) at The New Sixth or elsewhere. It is suitable for students who would like to undertake industry inspired courses in preparation for university, college, training or the workplace. Level Up allows students to learn new subjects, develop self-study skills to grow as independent learners and undertake targeted work experience to prepare themselves for the next step in their careers.

For more information on this course, the subject requirements and specification, click here.