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Towards Independence


Towards Independence

Towards Independence provides a framework of activities to develop and accredit personal, social, work-related and independent living skills.

Towards Independence offers formal recognition for small steps of achievement towards a larger goal. There are more than 70 modules, which can be used separately and accumulated to build a record of personal achievement.

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 Towards Independence.

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Who is it for?

  • Learners aged 14+
  • Adult learners

Towards Independence can be used in schools, colleges, residential and day care services, local authorities and private provision.


For those seeking a qualification outcome, Towards Independence can be used to support the delivery of the Entry 1 qualifications in Personal Progress – download this mapping document for details.

There is also scope for progression through:


Towards Independence modules cover the following themes: 

  • Communication and numeracy
  • Creative studies
  • Cultural
  • Independent living
  • Leisure, recreation and sport
  • Personal development, PSHE and citizenship
  • Work-related
  • Modules particularly suitable for learners with PMLD

​There are more than 70 modules available; see the full list of Towards Independence modules.

Each learner will need their own copy of the relevant module book, which registered centres can buy online. Sample pages from selected modules are available to download:


The first module – Starting Out – is mandatory. This module enables learners to be helped to recognise achievements and plan targets and challenges, which can then be developed through further modules.

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.

Supporting resources

A Towards Independence Tutor Guidance and Resources folder is available to buy, which includes an overview of the programme, photocopiable resources, ideas for gathering evidence, and answers to frequently asked questions.

In addition, the Module Reference Booklet contains the curriculum for every module and will help tutors plan which modules are most suitable for their learners.

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 Towards Independence, 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
TI Starting Out module and folder (mandatory, one per learner) £8.50
TI additional modules (per module, one per learner) £5.70
Towards Independence certification (per learner) £5.50
TI module reference booklet (optional, for tutor reference) £43.90
TI tutor guidance and resources (optional) £45.90 +VAT


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

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