Aims of CAS

CAS Learner Outcomes  These are not rated on any scale. Your thoughtful reflections will tell us whether these outcomes have been achieved or not. Writing reflections as you go is the exercise which will get you to think about the nature of what you are doing and how you can make it better, progress more fully, learn more, be of more assistance.  Do not wait until the end to reflect on an activity that is being undertaken in more than one session.  Reflecting will lead to recognition and achievement of the 8 Learner Outcomes:

  • Gained increased awareness of your own strengths and areas for growth.   Being able to see yourself as an individual with various skills and abilities, some more developed than others, Understand you can make choices about how you wish to move forward. 
  • Undertook new challenges A new challenge may be an unfamiliar activity, or an extension to an existing one.  
  • Planned and initiated activities.  Planning and initiation will often be in collaboration with others. It can be shown in activities that are part of larger projects, for example, ongoing school activities in the local community, as well as in small student‐led activities.
  • Worked collaboratively with others.  Collaboration can be shown in many different activities, such as team sports, playing music in a band, or helping in a kindergarten. At least one project, involving collaboration and the integration of at least two of creativity, action and service, is required.
  • Showed perseverance and commitment in your activities.  At a minimum, this implies attending regularly and accepting a share of the responsibility for dealing with problems that arise in the course of activities.
  • Engaged with issues of global importance.  Students may be involved in international projects but there are many global issues that can be acted upon locally or nationally (for example, environmental concerns, caring for the elderly).
  • Considered the implications of your actions.  Ethical decisions arise in almost any CAS activity (for example, on the sports field, in musical composition, in relationships with others involved in service activities). Evidence of thinking about ethical issues can be shown in various ways, including journal entries and conversations with CAS advisers.
  • Developed new skills.  As with new challenges, new skills may be shown in activities that you have not previously undertaken, or in increased expertise in an established area.  All eight outcomes must be present for a student to complete the CAS requirement. Some may be demonstrated many times, in a variety of activities, but completion requires only that there is some evidence for every outcome.