AQA Unit Awards

The Unit Award Scheme is a unique recording of achievement scheme, rather than a qualification.  It offers learners the opportunity to have their achievements formally recognised with a certificate each time a short unit of learning is successfully completed.

There are no limits on:

  • what can be accredited, as long as it is worthwhile and meaningful for the learner
  • who can achieve, in terms of age or ability
  • how long it takes to achieve or when this takes place
  • how learning can be evidenced.

Flexibility is key with UAS, and our motto is ‘Achievement for All’. We encourage and support learners to show them what they can do, rather than what they can’t.

Since using the AQA Unit Award Scheme at New Forest School, it has proven to be invaluable. It provides a pathway for our students to receive accreditation for their achievements within this subject. The unit awards also allow for the less confident/less artistic students to build their confidence and self-esteem within the subject whilst building working relationships with their peer group and class teacher.

The unit awards provide a wide variety of projects which are differentiated, making accreditation accessible to all pupils regardless of their ability. Furthermore, because of the individualised program of study that we pride ourselves with, we are able to expand and customise units to our pupil’s individual learning interests and needs.