Next Steps Your Questions

Below are some of the more commonly asked questions. If you have a question that is not answered here, please give us a call.

Q: What are AQA Unit Awards?

The Unit Award Scheme (UAS) is a 'can do' accreditation scheme for recognising learning and success. It rewards participants for personal progress and achievements which are often not recognised by more formal qualifications.

Used with students of all ages and abilities, the Scheme covers virtually all subject areas and activities from Pre-entry to Level 3.

Q: How will the AQA Unit Awards benefit the user?

Next Steps provides a list of headings for you to choose from. You choose which units you would like and they are put onto a CD with corresponding help and guidance for the staff to use and where appropriate worksheets for the young people.

Q: How do I choose which AQA units I want?

All the units and resources provided on the CDs are designed specifically to support and guide young people and staff by helping to interlink with both Care and Pathway Plans. They can be used to observe the development of everyday naturally occurring life skills or as a starting point for Key Working sessions. They provide official accreditation to the young people for the skills they gain which boosts confidence and self esteem. As a result it provides clear evidence to all agencies such as Social Workers and Ofsted where needs have been met and improvements made in a young person’s life

Q: What sort of subject areas do the units on the CD cover?
  • Sexual Health and Healthy Relationships
  • Self Esteem and Emotional Well-Being
  • Bullying Awareness
  • Budgeting, Applying for Benefits
  • Moving On
  • Preparation for Work
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Food Safety and Hygiene
  • Personal Hygiene and Body Awareness
  • Health and Hygiene in the Home
  • Practical Life Skills
  • Promoting Interest and Enjoyment
  • Home Safety
  • Personal Safety
  • Interests and hobbies
  • Literacy Support
  • Numeracy Support
Q: What is the advantage of having the units on a CD?

Having your chosen AQA units on a CD will save the care professional time. They are ready to use and can be downloaded and used as many times as required. Each CD contains your chosen units and is a one stop resource providing everything that is needed to work effectively with the young people. The care professional does not need to source anything else unless they require additional specific information for an individual young person.

Each Unit is set out so that the care professional working with the young person has step by step instructions on how to help them reach the required outcomes.

Work required for assessment is clearly marked and is downloaded from the disk so you can have as many copies as required. All information is provided in PDF so it is usable on any PC.

Q: What is included in each package?
  • A CD containing the learners work and outcomes relevant to each unit.
  • Extra resources to stimulate and develop learning.
  • Where possible physical resources such as leaflets and posters.
  • A Key Worker help guide containing step by step guidance for the care professional.
  • All required Awarding Body paperwork completed as far as it can be.
  • Interim Certificates to award on completion of each unit whilst waiting for the Awarding Body Certificate to arrive.
Q: How do I get started?

We discuss your particular needs with you; this can be done in a face-to-face meeting or over the phone. There is an extensive list of subject areas and Next Steps can also write bespoke units to meet your individual needs. Once you have decided on your chosen units Next Steps can provide a staff training session to help you get going.

Once units have been completed Next Steps completes the assessment process and liaises with the Awarding Body. We will assist you in completion of paperwork to work towards ensuring that 100% of young people achieve the units they have strived for.

We have a dedicated telephone and e-mail address providing help for any questions and queries.

New units are being constantly developed. Please contact us with your requirements and we will work with you to meet the individual needs of your particular client group.

Q: Are there any ongoing costs?

There is an academic yearly AQA registration cost per young person. For a one off payment per academic year they may undertake as many units as possible. This is payable when units are ready for assessment.

Once work is ready for assessment there is an hourly charge for assessing the young people’s units and completing the AQA Administration.

Q: Do you offer staff training workshops?

Yes, please see the training opportunities we provide on the Staff Development and Training Page. Contact us for your bespoke training needs.