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New Horizons


What is it?

New Horizons is an activity-based curriculum resource which supports the delivery of PSHE, Citizenship and Careers Education. The activities also offer an opportunity to develop communication and numeracy skills in a life skills setting.

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 guide to addressing SEND areas of need using New Horizons.

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Who is it for?

The programme has been developed for learners aged 9 to 13 who have a special educational need. 


For those seeking a qualification outcome, New Horizons can be used to support the delivery of the Entry 1 Qualifications in Personal Progress.

There is also scope for progression through:


The New Horizons programme is learner-centred, offering structure and flexibility; it provides recognition for small steps in achievement. 

Working with their tutor, the student completes a Personal Skills section in the New Horizons Record Book for each module they do, which will help them identify specific things they're good at.

The final activity in each module is My Challenge. This requires the learner, working with the tutor, to identify something new they would like to try.

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 students' achievements by allocating a P level or other descriptor to their work, as appropriate.


The activities are split into five modules:

  • Personal
  • Social
  • Health
  • Citizenship
  • Relationships

Each module contains a focused careers-related activity. 

New Horizons Student Book

Download sample pages from the New Horizons 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 the Preparing for Adulthood 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 New Horizons, 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.

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.


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

Item Price
New Horizons student book (one per learner) £8.75
New Horizons certification (per learner) £5.50
New Horizons tutor guidance and resources (optional) £18.30


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

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