Accreditation For Young People
Accreditation Handbook for Youth Work in Cambridge (2013)
There are a number of ways young people in Cambridgeshire can achieve accreditation through the Youth Support Service. The Handbook sets out to provide an easy reference guide to accreditation options for young people.
The Cambridgeshire Youth Award
The Cambridgeshire Youth Award is a locally based award which gives young people credit for their achievements. There are three sections to the award:
- Individual achievement
- Group achievement
- Project work
Young people can receive a certificate for any one of these three sections. These certificates are awarded and presented locally. If and when a young person receives a certificate for all three sections or has completed 30 hours for one section, they are awarded the Cambridgeshire Youth Award, which is the County award.
Further details can be found in the Cambridgeshire Award Outline
The Cambridgeshire Award Record Book for young people can be obtained from the Central Youth Support Service -
Awards for Young People: Recognising Learning in a Non-formal Environment
This National Youth Agency publication is for those who work with young people in non-formal settings and who want to provide some form of accreditation for the young people they work with.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
The DofE is a programme of challenging activities for anyone aged 14-25. Further details and how a young person can enrol can be found on the County DofE website.
ASDAN short courses
The Central YSS team covers the cost of the ASDAN short course annual centre fee to enable staff to run ther own short courses for young people. A list of short course programmes can be found on the ASDAN website.
If you do wish to run an ASDAN short course you will need to purchase student books or log-ins at £8.50 each (including VAT). One free PDF certificate is included in the price of each student book or online log-in. Printed certificates are additional at £2.15 each plus P&P.
Once you have decided which short course you wish to run, contact the Central YSS team () who will order these on your behalf - your team will need to pay for these resources so we also need confirmation from your budget holder so we can be reimbursed.
Once the course has been completed and moderated (we can supply a moderator if required) the names of the learners need to be registered with ASDAN. Please provide Central YSS with the following essential information:
- Name of short course
- Last name
- Gender - Male / Female / Other
- Date of birth
The name provided will be the name added onto the certificate. Please advise if you wish to pay for printed certificates at £2.15 each.
The Arts Award
Below are the Bronze and Silver portfolio booklets staff can use with their groups of young people for the Arts Award. Thanks to Dibs Flecther for providing these.
If the young people answer every question in each booklet they will have provided enough evidence to get a pass. These booklets are Word documents and can be adapted, but be aware that if they are changed too much then the young person might loose evidence and not meet the criteria.
Anyone wishing to run the Arts Award would need to be an Arts Award Advisor or have access to one who is willing to support the group and assess at the end. They would also be responsible for keeping up to date with any changes as Trinity, who run the award, do sometimes make amendments which may require alterations to be made to the portfolio.
Further information on running the Arts Award can be found on their website.