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Key Steps


What is it?

Key Steps is a comprehensive programme of activities in a range of topic areas covering Citizenship, PSHE, Environment Education, Personal Finance Education, Enterprise and Internationalism. The flexibility and range of Key Steps means that it can be followed for up to three years or for less than one year.

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Who is it for?

The activities are aimed at the 10–14 age group and can be used in schools, youth or training centres and alternative education. They are presented in the form of personal challenges and encourage students to develop their personal skills and take responsibility for their own learning.

Facts and Figures

  • Internally moderated
  • A minimum of 30 hours of activity required to claim a certificate
  • Each student can claim up to three certificates
  • Can count as two of the credits needed to achieve the Personal Development Programmes or the CoPE qualification


Learners complete challenges and collate the work they produce in a portfolio of evidence, along with their student book and recording documents. The Key Steps learner guide shows what learners need to do to complete the programme.

Students must complete 30 hours of challenges to achieve each certificate. Students may achieve up to three certificates.


Challenges can be selected from any of the nine modules:

  • Identity
  • Community
  • Health
  • Citizenship
  • Environment
  • Personal Finance
  • Enterprise
  • Values
  • International

Student Book

Download sample pages from the Key Steps student book.

Each student must have their own book.

Getting started

For centres new to ASDAN, your first step is to complete the Centre Registration Form. Current ASDAN centres need to ensure that Key Steps is 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 members area

Once your centre is registered with ASDAN for Key Steps, 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. 


Once students' work has been internally moderated, centres can request certificates for successful candidates from ASDAN, using the form in the members area.

There is no external moderation for this programme, although ASDAN reserves the right to request samples of candidates' work for quality assurance purposes.


All prices shown below are per learner, unless otherwise stated.

Item Price
Key Steps student book (one per learner) £6.20
Key Steps PDF certificate (up to 3 per learner) Free
Key Steps printed and foiled certificate (optional, per learner, per certificate) £2.35


All prices valid from 1 September 2020 until 31 August 2021. Prices are shown exclusive of VAT. 

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