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Accredited Training CentreAQA Awards Scheme



Animal Days Out C.I.C. are an accredited training centre for the AQA Unit Awards Scheme. The ADO Academy Training Centre is part of the overall umbrella within the ADO Academy which provides educational sessions, workshops and programmes for schools, childrens centres, nurseries, pre-school, after school, holiday clubs, home schooling and Special Educational Needs (SEN) schools.

We work with children, young people and adults as students to help them gain AQA Unit Awards in various subject areas. The lessons are provided at our base at The Environment Centre in Eltham, or there may be a requirement for extended learning opportunities at other venues depending on the subjects within the unit awards.

Unit Award Scheme Details

We have written our own tailored AQA units specifically to maximise the expertise we have in the following areas:

♦ Animal Care

♦ Horticulture

♦ Conservation and Ecology

More information about these AQA units can be found by clicking on each one above.

Group Lesson Size and 1 to 1

The minimum for a group lesson size in 5 students and the maximum is 10 students. We do offer 1 to 1 private lessons, especially to those with additional learning needs, although the hourly rate is slightly higher than group rates.


Group lessons to undertake accredited Unit Awards are £9 per hour tuition payable in advance in AQA unit blocks (for the number of tuition hours - weeks required for completion).

There is a £19 AQA annual student registration fee payable per school year September to September. These fees are paid straight over to AQA by our training centre upon payment receipt from the individual-parent-carer and will need to be paid at the outset to register the students with the AQA scheme.

There is a £5 per Unit Award tutor assessment fee. An assessment fee is payable for each AQA Unit Award undertaken and is conducted over the half term or term as they meet the required objectives for each award. The assessment fee will be due along with the half term tuition fees in advance of starting each Unit Award.

Fees include any resources and study material required for the lessons.

Course Work and Tuition Hours

No official examinations will be required however coursework and homework will be applicable for various Unit Award aspects suitable to the level of the individual for 1-1 tuition or groups as applicable. Various awards require more tuition hours than others so specific Awards can be completed in approximately 6 to 8 tuition hours and others will require 10  to 12 hours of tuition completion. Homework and coursework commitments will vary according to the units and capacity of the student.

Unit Awards will be selected and agreed according to the age range and capacity of the group in order to meet the student/s needs. Upon completion of all the objectives for each Unit Award, the paperwork (and coursework where applicable) is assessed by another verifier in the training centre and subsequently submitted to AQA for review. AQA supply the awards back to our training centre and we will then present to the students upon receipt.

How To Pay

We only accept online bank transfer, credit and debit card payments at the moment*. Once you have completed your Registration Form, you will be required to pay for and secure your training by contacting us using the details below. We can not confirm your booking until payment is received. Once payment has been received and cleared, you will be sent your Welcome Pack and terms and conditions via email.

* Credit and Debit Cards incurs a £1.50 administration fee surcharge from our Merchant Bank

To make payment please call the Animal Days Out office on 0845 6044921 from a landline or 020 8850 6778 from your mobile with your credit card or debit card details. If paying by online banking transfer, please inform staff when calling and we will email your total charge amount and our bank details. Office hours are Monday to Friday - 9.30am until 6pm.


To register for your AQA unit awards, simply complete the details on our Registrtaion Form by clicking below:

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