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Personal Development Programmes


What is it?

Redeveloped for 2021, ASDAN's Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver and Gold) offer imaginative ways of developing, recording and certificating a wide range of young people’s personal qualities, abilities and achievements, as well as introducing them to new activities and challenges. All the programmes link to nationally recognised qualifications.

The new Personal Development Programmes include:

  • an increased focus on mental health through extra wellbeing-focused challenges in our new ‘Health and wellbeing' module
  • improved measurement and demonstration of learners’ progress through a new skills self assessment and self-reflection tool
  • a modern, revamped student book design

Please note that the 2021 version of the Personal Development Programmes student book is now available to purchase. The previous version will be available for purchase until 31 December 2021.

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Who is it for?

ASDAN’s flagship Personal Development Programmes have been used by centres for more than 20 years. They are suitable for use in all educational settings and are aimed at learners aged 11-16 working at Entry level 3 to Level 1.

Programmes can count as half of the curriculum credits (six) required for the CoPE qualification at Levels 1 and 2. 

Facts and Figures

  • Six credits (approx. 60 hours) are needed to achieve Bronze
  • 12 credits (approx. 120 hours) are needed to achieve Silver
  • 18 credits (approx. 180 hours) are needed to achieve Gold


The Personal Development Programmes feature 12 modules. Each learner must work from their own student book and compile a portfolio of evidence to show what they have done.

Students gain 1 or 2 credits for each section completed, with each credit representing about 10 hours of activity. Six credits are needed to achieve Bronze, 12 credits for Silver and 18 credits for Gold. Internally-moderated Bronze Credit certificates are available for any learner that completes less than 60 hours work.

Students are required to plan and review their work at key points, explaining how they have developed their skills in six areas: Ability to learn; Teamwork; Problem solving, IT skills; Literacy; and Numeracy. There are pro forma recording documents (Skills Sheets) to guide them.

Student book

The student book contains the following modules: Communication; My community; Sport and leisure; Independent Living; My environment; Number handling; Health and wellbeing; World of work; Science and technology; The wider world; Expressive arts; Beliefs and values; and Combined studies. 

Download sample pages from the Bronze, Silver, Gold Student Book.

Each student must have a copy of 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 Personal Development 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 Personal Development Programmes, 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.


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

Item Price
Bronze Silver Gold student book 2021 (one per learner) £12.95
Certification (per learner, per certificate) £5.50
Bronze Silver Gold record card (optional) £0.30
Bronze Silver Gold student book 2014 (one per learner, available until 31 December 2021) £8.75


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

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