Transition Challenge

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About this course

What is it?

Transition Challenge offers a learner-centred, activity-based curriculum that can be undertaken with as much support as necessary. It has been developed for learners aged 14–16 with SEND, although it can be used with older age groups if appropriate.

There are two levels available:

  • Sensory: this programme offers a developmental perspective for learners with PMLD and rewards very small steps of learning and achievement
  • Introduction and Progression: the activities in this programme cover the statutory programmes of study for the key stage 4 national curriculum, along with activities to develop the skills required for adult living

Addressing SEND areas of need

ASDAN has produced a series of guidance documents showing how components of our programmes and qualifications can meet the four broad areas of need outlined in the SEND code of practice. Download our free guides to addressing SEND areas of need using Transition Challenge (Sensory) and addressing SEND areas of need using Transition Challenge (Introduction and Progression).


To teach this course you must have one of these membership types:

  • Qualifications
  • Programmes Plus

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Who is it for?

  • Students aged 14-16 (key stage 4) with severe and/or profound learning difficulties
  • Transition Challenge can be used with post-16 students (see also: Towards Independence)


For those seeking a qualification outcome, Transition Challenge can be used to support the delivery of the Entry 1 qualifications in Personal Progress.

There is also scope for progression through our Personal and Social Development programmes at Entry 1-3 and Employability at Entry 2 and 3.


Learners must complete the required number of activities from modules in their chosen student book. Each module can be individually certificated or learners can complete all five modules and receive a gold certificate of achievement.

There are four modules in the Sensory book: Communication and interaction, Cognition, Physical, and Self-help and Independence. Learners must complete at least five activities to achieve each module. Download a sample copy of the Sensory student book. There are five modules in the Introduction and Progression book: Knowing how, Making choices, Feeling good, Moving forward and Taking the lead. Learners must complete at least nine activities to achieve each module. Download a sample copy of the Introduction and Progression student book.

Levels of support

Levels of support are used to show how the learner has achieved the activity. They show individual progression and differentiation between learners:

  • Experience recorded
  • Gestural help
  • No help
  • Physical help
  • Sensory experience
  • Spoken/signed help

Additionally, there is an opportunity to record learners' achievements by allocating a P level or other descriptor to their work, as appropriate.

Supporting resources

A Transition Challenge Tutor Guidance and Resources folder is available to buy, which includes an overview of the programme, photocopiable resources, ideas for gathering evidence, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Getting started

New to ASDAN?

Your first step is to become a member of ASDAN. Read more about our membership tiers and the benefits of being a member.

Already a member?

If you are on our Programmes Plus membership, you can get started by purchasing materials below. We highly recommend that someone from your centre attends one of our introductory training workshops or we also provide in-house training sessions. 

You can upgrade your membership at any time under account settings.

ASDAN members area

You can manage your courses, learners, orders and account settings in the members’ area. This also contains all the essential documents, forms and updates that you will need to deliver your course.


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.

Gold certification is available to learners who have successfully completed all modules. Silver certification is also available for learners who have completed one or more modules.

1. Staff training

• The members of staff with overall responsibility for delivery must attend an ASDAN introductory workshop, webinar or INSET. Book at:
• Training to deliver Preparing for Adulthood courses is not a mandatory requirement, however it is highly recommended to ensure that the centre and learners obtain the maximum benefit from the programme.

2. Register with ASDAN

• You will need ASDAN Programmes Plus membership to deliver Preparing for Adulthood courses. Membership allows centres to purchase materials and access support, including regular mailings and updates.
• Become a member at: or manage your existing membership at:

3. Create a new cohort

• Create a new cohort using the ASDAN website:
• Specify a course co-ordinator, the expected completion date and the number of learners taking the course. Select student books for your learners.

4. Purchase supporting resources

• Buy optional supporting resources. Available products are listed on this page. 

5. Delivery 

• Deliver the course to your learners. Resources can be downloaded from the course resources section on this page.

6. Internal moderation

• Internally moderate all portfolios to ensure that learners have met the full requirements of the course. Ensure learners are given time to make any necessary amendments. Internal moderation checklists are provided to support this process.

7. External moderation

• Book your moderation at:
• Confirm your learner names and details for moderation:
• ASDAN will request a sample of portfolios for moderation, by post or at a regional meeting. Direct Certification Status (DCS) is also available to members who have had three successful moderations in the last three years. DCS is valid for two years.
• Certificates will be delivered to your centre within 20 working days of a successful moderation taking place.

If submitting portfolios for assessment at a regional moderation meeting, it is mandatory for at least one member of staff from the centre to attend the meeting. The member of staff attending will act as an independent moderator, undertaking moderation of other centres’ portfolios. This independent moderation will then be confirmed by an ASDAN external moderator.


Each learner will need their own copy of the student book. 
Books purchased for Transition Challenge are valid for five years from the date of purchase.

Item Price
Transition Challenge tutor guidance and resources £49.95 +VAT
Transition Challenge introduction and progress student book in ring binder £22.95
Transition Challenge introduction and progress student book £13.95
Transition Challenge sensory student book in ring binder £18.95
Transition Challenge sensory student book £10.95
Postal moderation (on demand, per portfolio) £45.00
Silver certification (for module completion) £6.45
Gold certification (whole programme) £6.45

Products can be purchased below.

Success stories

Accrediting students' achievements through Transition Challenge

Victoria Education Centre, Poole, Dorset, caters for almost 100 learners aged three to 19. Staff deliver ASDAN’s New Horizons and Transition Challenge (TC) to Key Stage 4 students who are below entry level.