What is it?

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.

Who is it 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.

Programmes can count as half of the curriculum credits (six) required for the CoPE qualification at Levels 1 and 2. Progression is also available to Universities Award and qualifications such as Personal and Social Development.

Facts and Figures

  • Six credits (approx. 60 hours) are needed to achieve Bronze
  • 12 credits (approx. 120 hours) are needed to achieve Silver
  • 18 credits (approx. 180 hours) are needed to achieve Gold

Download the Fact Sheet for a complete overview.


The Personal Development Programmes features 13 modules. Each learner must work from their own student book and compile a portfolio of evidence to show what they have done.

Students gain 1 or 2 credits for each section completed, with each credit representing about 10 hours of activity. Six credits are needed to achieve Bronze, 12 credits for Silver and 18 credits for Gold. Internally-moderated Bronze Credit 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.

Student book

The student book contains the following modules: Combined Studies; Beliefs and Values; Expressive Arts; The Wider World; Science and Technology; World of Work; Health and Survival; Number Handling; The Environment; Home Management; Sport and Leisure; The Community; Communication.

Download sample pages from the Bronze, Silver, Gold Student Book:


Each student must have their own book, which registered centres can purchase from the online Catalogue

Getting started

For centres new to ASDAN, your first step is to complete the Centre Registration Form. Current ASDAN centres need to ensure that the Personal Development Programmes are added to their centre's registration.

Following registration, you will be able to purchase your books and access additional resources and guidance via the members area of this website. ASDAN also provides introductory training workshops and can arrange in-house training.

ASDAN members area

Once your centre is registered with ASDAN for Personal Development Programmes, you can find further information and resources in the members area. This section of the website contains all the essential documents, forms and updates that you will need to deliver your course.

There is no limit to the number of people from a centre who can register to use the members area. You can create a new user account using the online form. 


After students' work has been internally moderated, centres must register candidates for external moderation, which is carried out at a regional moderation meeting or by post. ASDAN will issue certificates following successful external moderation.

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