About this course
What is it?
ASDAN's Personal Progress (PP) qualifications have been designed to address the needs of learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), working at Entry 1. The qualifications ensure that all learners are given the same opportunities to access appropriate and relevant education to develop new skills and improve their life outcomes.
ASDAN has made significant improvements to our Personal Progress qualifications since 2009, when they first became available.
Who is it for?
The qualifications have been developed for learners working towards and at Entry 1 to have their achievements recognised within a qualification framework. They can be undertaken in schools, colleges, residential and day care services, training providers and independent provision.
Personal Progress (PP) is available for delivery in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Nine units specifically for learners with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD)
Assessment guidance reflects modern life and current terminology
Learners can achieve qualifications at award, certificate, extended certificate and diploma size
Achievement of Personal Progress qualifications supports progression to Personal and Social Development and Employability qualifications
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.
Learners choose units from the topics of Employability, Independent living, Good health, and Community inclusion. There are 58 units available, with credit values of between 2 credits and 5 credits each.
Any combination of units can be completed for a Personal Progress qualification.
Learners achieve a qualification that reflects the credit value of the number of units they have completed:
- Award – 8 credits
- Certificate – 14 credits
- Extended Certificate – 25 credits
- Diploma – 37 credits
- Learners who complete units with a total value less than 8 credits will be awarded unit certification, providing they meet the requirements of the full units
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.
Evidence transcripts – tutors are required to provide a mandatory evidence transcript for each unit completed by the learner; this will detail the specific skills and knowledge that the learner has demonstrated (download a sample evidence transcript). The tutor will also use an achievement continuum to record learner attainment and progress; this will be recorded on the evidence transcript.
These assessment resources can be downloaded from the course resources section below.
The following documents can be downloaded for free:
- Personal Progress qualification specification
- list of Personal Progress (PP) units
- sample evidence transcript
- achievement continuum
1. Staff training
• The members of staff with overall responsibility for delivery must attend an ASDAN introductory workshop, webinar or INSET. Book at: asdan.org.uk/training
2. Register with ASDAN
• You will need ASDAN Qualifications membership to deliver Personal Progress. Membership allows centres to purchase materials and access support, including regular mailings and updates.
• Become a member at: asdan.org.uk/membership or manage your existing membership at: asdan.org.uk/membership-details
3. Centre approval
• Centres will need to provide specific policies and procedures and provide additional information in order to be given centre approval to deliver qualifications. Centres are risk rated and all new centres will require a centre approval visit.
• Centres should create assessment plans for all units being assessed. Centres may be asked to supply them to ASDAN for validation.
• Centres will be required to review and renew a number of centre policies each year at: asdan.org.uk/member/centre-details/centre-approval
4. Create a new cohort
• Create a new cohort using the ASDAN website: asdan.org.uk/member/cohorts
• Specify a course co-ordinator, the expected completion date and the number of learners taking the course.
5. Delivery and assessment
• Deliver the course to candidates, making use of the standards and general guidance and assessment resources. 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.
8. External moderation
• Book your moderation at: asdan.org.uk/member/moderations
• Deadline of 31 October for booking moderation within the academic year. Fees apply for moderations booked after this date. Members are entitled to two free moderations per qualification, per year.
• Confirm your learner names and details for moderation: asdan.org.uk/member/cohorts
• Provide the sample portfolios to the external quality assurer (EQA), as requested.
Moderation may take place as part of a centre visit or be carried out by post.
• Certificates will be sent to your centre within 20 working days of your EQA notifying ASDAN that a successful final moderation has taken place.
ASDAN training events are delivered by experts to enable your centre to successfully run our courses. They provide an introduction to the course, along with guidance on the processes involved, course delivery and moderation.
Training is mandatory for Personal Progress qualifications.
All candidate registration costs shown below are per candidate, unless otherwise stated.
Products can be purchased below.
Public funding for ASDAN qualifications delivered in the UK
Many ASDAN qualifications are fully funded by the UK Government.
Whether you are an employer, a learner or a training provider, the following websites will provide you with more information on the different types of public funding in the UK for ASDAN qualifications.
Personal Progress assessment plans
Personal Progress: completed assessment plan example
Personal Progress evidence transcripts
An evidence transcript is a mandatory requirement for each completed Personal Progress unit. These documents show how the learner has met the requirements of the unit and must be included in learners’ portfolios for external moderation. These documents are the most recent versions, updated in 2022.
Personal Progress: guidance on writing evidence transcripts
Personal Progress example evidence transcript - Developing independent living skills: keeping safe
Personal Progress example evidence transcript - Engaging with the world around you: the natural environment
Generic qualifications internal moderation checklist
Generic qualifications internal moderation sampling plan
Qualifications internal standardisation meeting template
Qualifications internal standardisation feedback record
Qualifications internal moderation sampling plan
Qualifications internal moderation report template
Qualifications internal quality assurance guidance
What do I wear today? Card sort activity
This card sort activity can be used to support learning about what to wear in different weather conditions. It can be used to support teaching and learning for the Personal Progress Entry 1 unit 'Developing independent living skills: personal presentation', where learners are required to present themselves in an appropriate way for different activities or weather conditions.
Weather conditions flashcards
These bright and colourful flashcards can be used to support learning about different weather conditions. They can be used to support teaching and learning for the Personal Progress Entry 1 unit 'Developing independent living skills: personal presentation', where learners are required to present themselves in an appropriate way for different activities or weather conditions.