What is it?

The Entry 1 qualifications in Personal Progress are approved qualifications, eligible for use in Foundation Learning provision. They are made up of units which can be broadly divided into the following areas: Literacy/Numeracy/IT; Independent Living Skills; Personal Development; Community Participation; Preparation for Work; Units Particularly Accessible for Learners with PMLD.
Download the list of Personal Progress units listed by topic area.

The development of Personal Progress qualifications followed work in which QCDA contracted ASDAN to test and trial these learner-referenced units at Entry 1 with 23 centres. 

ASDAN’s Personal Progress qualifications (Award, Certificate and Diploma) currently have an accreditation end date of 31/08/2017.  In view of this, we have undertaken a thorough review of Personal Progress, seeking feedback from centres, and are satisfied that these qualifications continue to be fit for purpose and to meet the needs of learners.  We are therefore pleased to confirm that ASDAN’s  Entry Level Award, Certificate and Diploma in Personal Progress (Entry 1) will be extended until 31 August 2019.  

Read the full Personal Progress specification.

Who is it for?

The qualifications have been developed for learners working between P Levels 1-8 and Entry 1 to have their achievements recognised within a qualification framework. They can be undertaken in schools, colleges, residential centres, training providers and independent provision.

Facts and figures

  • Following amendments to the school and college performance tables in England, qualifications that do not rely on a written examination for assessment purposes, such as ASDAN qualifications, do not, themselves, contribute to the tables.  There is however strong evidence that ASDAN qualifications improve performance in English and Mathematics, which have a double weighting in school performance measures such as Progress 8.
  • In Wales and Northern Ireland, ASDAN qualifications can contribute towards school/college performance measures. Download this information sheet for details.


Each unit has a credit value (1 credit is equal to approximately 10 hours of learning). To achieve a qualification learners must gain credits by completing their chosen units and providing clear evidence that they have met the full requirements of the unit. Tutors are required to provide a Unit Transcript for each unit completed by the learner; this will detail the specific skills and/or knowledge that the learner has demonstrated (download a sample Unit Transcript). The tutor will also use an Achievement Continuum to record learner attainment and progress; this will be recorded on the Unit Transcript.

The ASDAN Preparing for Adulthood Programmes – New Horizons, Transition Challenge, Towards Independence and Workright – can support delivery of the units and provide evidence that the learner has met the unit assessment criteria.

Units can be built up in any combination to reach the total credit value required for a qualification.

  • Learners who accrue 8 credits will receive an Award qualification
  • Learners who accrue 14 credits will receive a Certificate qualification
  • Learners who accrue 37 credits will receive a Diploma qualification
  • Learners who accrue fewer than 8 credits will be awarded a unit certificate, provided they have met the full requirements of the unit(s).
  • Units may be repeated, but are only moderated once. Once the unit has been certificated, it will not be moderated again even if the candidate is now operating at a higher stage on the Achievement Continuum. The credits available for a unit can only be gained once. 

Learners achieving at Entry 1 can progress to other ASDAN qualifications, such as PSDEmployability and Diploma in Life Skills (download a fact sheet about credit transfer to Life Skills).

Units and Standards

Download the Personal Progress standards for details of the content of each unit. Please note that centres registering to deliver Personal Progress will be able to access a full copy of the Standards with Guidance, which provides key information on how to interpret and implement the standards. Download sample units from the Standards with Guidance.

Resources and progression

Student and tutor resources are available to support delivery – click on the thumbnails for sample copies:

Personal Progress Record Book cover Personal Progress Curriculum Activity Pack

Getting started

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

Following registration, you will be able to purchase candidate registrations and access additional resources and guidance via the members area.

Training and support

All centres running Personal Progress must have an ASDAN-trained co-ordinator; ASDAN provides introductory training workshops and can arrange in-house training.

Free regional support meetings are held throughout the year and are open to any staff involved in delivering Personal Progress.


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

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