Achievement for all

A unique recording of achievement scheme

MAST's Achieve Scheme, offer young people 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!

  • as long as it is worthwhile and meaningful for the learner it can be accredited.

  • where, when, and how long this takes is down to the young person

  • learning can be evidenced in many mediums.


Flexibility is key.

MAST encourage and support young people to show them what they can do, rather than what they can't.

The Achieve Scheme is invaluable; it is an important pathway for our young people to receive accreditation for their achievements. The UAS provides a wide range of units which are differentiated, making accreditation accessible to all young people regardless of their ability.


How does UAS work?

  • MAST have a trained Co-ordinator who runs and is responsible for UAS.

  • Each UAS unit clearly sets out what the student has to do to achieve and the evidence needed.

  • A responsible adult teaches the unit.

  • AQA monitors evidence by checking this against the unit.


  • Each time a unit is achieved, a Unit Award Certificate is issued.

  • This lists all the outcomes, ie all the knowledge, skills and/or experiences completed as detailed on the unit.

  • They don't show a level - UAS is not a qualification - but instead show the detail of what the young person has achieved in completing the unit.

  • They provide a great talking point for the learner about what they've done, eg during an interview for a college place or employment.

Links with AQA qualifications

  • You can use UAS to accredit individual units in AQA's English, maths and science specifications.

  • UAS can help motivate learners, by using UAS as a stepping stone towards achieving a full qualification

Realising Potential

UAS is a tried and tested means by which learners, no matter what their age or ability, can have their achievement formally recognised.

UAS can help learners with progression to

  • further study

  • training

  • employment

  • independent living

  • more active involvement in society.

UAS is shown to motivate, encourage, engage, support and raise self esteem and can reward achievement which might otherwise go unrecognised, eg small steps or non-mainstream subjects.

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