Bronze Silver Gold coverPersonal Development Programmes

ASDAN's established Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver and Gold) offer imaginative ways of developing, recording and certificating a wide range of young people’s personal qualities, abilities and achievements, as well as introducing them to new activities and challenges. All the programmes link to nationally recognised qualifications, which contribute to performance tables.

Who are they for?

ASDAN’s flagship Personal Development Programmes have been used by centres for more than 20 years. They are suitable for use in all educational settings and pitched at learners aged 14-16 working at Entry level 3 and Level 1.


Students select a number of challenges from the 13 modules that make up the Personal Development Programmes and then compile a portfolio of evidence to show what they have done. The module titles are:

  • Communication
  • The Community
  • Sport and Leisure
  • Home Management
  • The Environment
  • Number Handling
  • Health and Survival
  • World of Work
  • Science and Technology
  • The Wider World
  • Expressive Arts
  • Beliefs and Values
  • Combined Studies

Students gain 1 or 2 credits for each section completed, with each credit representing about 10 hours of activity. Credits can also be acquired from other ASDAN programmes, such as Short Courses or Key Steps. Six credits (approx. 60 hours) are needed to achieve Bronze, 12 credits (approx. 120 hours) for Silver and 18 credits (approx. 180 hours) for Gold. Internally-moderated Bronze Credits certificates are available for any learner that completes less than 60 hours work.

Students are required to plan and review their work at key points, explaining how they have developed their skills in six areas: Teamwork, Learning, Coping with problems, Use of Maths, Use of English and Use of IT. There are pro forma recording documents (Skills Sheets) to guide them.


After students' portfolios have been internally moderated, centres must register candidates' names for external moderation at least four weeks before a regional moderation meeting. ASDAN will issue certificates following successful moderation.

Progression routes

Progression from Bronze to Silver and then Gold is based solely on time spent and credits gained, but students are able to claim certification at each stage.

The Personal Development Programmes count as half of the curriculum credits (six) required for ASDAN’s Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) at Levels 1 and 2, which is comparable to a GCSE.

Students could also progress to the Universities Award or qualifications at Level 1 and 2, such as Personal and Social Development and Wider Key Skills.


Details of forthcoming ASDAN Programmes introductory workshops are listed in the Training & Events section.

Bronze/Silver Award Book

Click on the thumbnail below to download sample pages from the student book:

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This book can be purchased from the Online Catalogue.


How much does it cost to run ASDAN Programmes?

The Costs page features information about registration costs for all ASDAN Programmes. Please also take into account the annual centre fee, if your centre is not yet registered with ASDAN.

How can my centre start running this Programme?

If you are not yet registered with ASDAN, your first step is to complete an Application for Centre Registration Form. See the Centre Registration section for more information.

Current ASDAN centres need to ensure that the programme is added to their centre's registration. To do this, please go to the Add to your Registration section and complete the additional programmes/qualifications form.

Following registration, you will be able to access additional resources and guidance via the secure area of the ASDAN website.

ASDAN also provides introductory training workshops and can arrange in-house training.

Secure Area for registered centres

Once your centre is registered with ASDAN for the ASDAN Awards, you can access further information and resources via the website's Secure Area.

It contains all relevant updates, essential documents, meeting information and resources, and enables you to:

  • Download resources, including guidance and checklists
  • Register your candidate names
  • View updated support meeting dates
  • Purchase materials from the online ASDAN catalogue
  • Check the list of candidates registered from your centre

There is no limit to the number of people from a centre who can register to use the Secure Area. You can register for a password online, by using the password request form.

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