New Horizons

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About this course

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.


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

  • Programmes Plus
  • Qualifications

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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

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.

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.

Book training


All costs shown below are per candidate, unless otherwise stated. Each learner will need their own copy of the student book.
Books purchased for New Horizons are valid for five years from the date of purchase.

Item Price
New Horizons student book £10.95
New Horizons tutor guidance  £22.95
Postal moderation (on demand, per portfolio) £45.00
Certification £6.45

Products can be purchased below.