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Last chance for Personal Social Development (PSD) qualification

Updated: Feb 15, 2021

Did you know? There are changes approaching with the current Personal Social Development (PSD) qualification.

The PSD qualification, which sits behind the Sweet programme, is due to end next year. But don’t panic! We know you love the Sweet resource and our team have been working hard behind the scenes in preparation for the switch over to the Personal Growth and Wellbeing (PGW) qualification, which is set to replace the PSD.

This exciting new Sweet qualification, which will be ready to launch in time for the new academic year, builds on all of the much-loved aspects of the current qualification but with enhanced focus on wellbeing.

If you’re a fan of the current Sweet PSD Qualification (and we know you are!) you’ll need to act now. The impending switch over to PGW means that your current Year 9 learners are the last cohort that will be able to take the existing Sweet qualification. These learners will need to complete the programme by October 2022 in order to be certified by December 2022.

We have a limited number of printed workbooks available so don’t miss out. Alternatively, you can sign up to our brand-new e-Sweet platform, our user-friendly online platform built to enhance the teaching and learning experience.

In addition to the increased focus on wellbeing, there are a few other differences between the two qualifications you will need to know about.

If you are already teaching the PSD qualification, you will know that your learners can currently complete 5 Level 1 units, and 6 Level 2 units (120 guided learning hours), in order to complete the Level 2 Certificate. Under the new PGW qualification, learners will complete 4 larger units (120 guided learning hours) all at a Level 2, in order to achieve the Level 2 Certificate.

The new PGW will be available at Level 1 and Level 2, subsidiary award, award, certificate and extended certificate. Here’s an outline of the qualification:

As always with Sweet, the programme is available for delivery in Welsh and English and will be available in both the classic workbooks and new digital platform.

The Sweet team are excited to share with you further details of the new qualification over the coming the months and look forward to your ongoing support. We are working hard to ensure that the transfer to the new PGW qualification is seamless, and we will be providing new supporting materials including PowerPoint presentations and mark schemes. You will also be invited to a refresher training session, early in the next academic year.

If you have any questions about the new, or existing Sweet qualification, click here to contact us, or contact your Sweet IV.

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