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Transition Challenge


What is it?

Transition Challenge offers a learner-centred, activity-based curriculum that can be undertaken with as much support as necessary. It has been developed for learners aged 14–16 with SEND, although it can be used with older age groups if appropriate.

There are two levels available:

  • Sensory: this programme offers a developmental perspective for learners with PMLD and rewards very small steps of learning and achievement
  • Introduction and Progression: the activities in this programme cover the statutory programmes of study for the Key Stage 4 National Curriculum, along with activities to develop the skills required for adult living

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 guides to addressing SEND areas of need using Transition Challenge (Sensory) and addressing SEND areas of need using Transition Challenge (Introduction and Progression).

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Who is it for?

  • Students aged 14-16 (Key Stage 4) with severe and/or profound learning difficulties
  • Transition Challenge can be used with post-16 students (see also: Towards Independence)


For those seeking a qualification outcome, Transition Challenge can be used to support the delivery of the Entry 1 qualifications in Personal Progress.

There is also scope for progression through PSD at Entry 1-3 and Employability at Entry 2 and 3.


Learners must complete the required number of activities from modules in their chosen student book. Each module can be individually certificated or learners can complete all five modules and receive a gold certificate of achievement.

There are four modules in the Sensory book: Communication and Interaction, Cognition, Physical, and Self-help and Independence. Learners must complete at least five activities to achieve each module. Download a sample copy of the Sensory student book. There are five modules in the Introduction and Progression book: Knowing How, Making Choices, Feeling Good, Moving Forward and Taking the Lead. Learners must complete at least nine activities to achieve each module. Download a sample copy of the Introduction and Progression student book.

Levels of support

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

Supporting resources

A Transition Challenge 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.

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 Transition Challenge, 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
Transition Challenge Sensory student book (one per learner) £8.75
Transition Challenge Sensory student book in ringbinder (one per learner) £15.00
Transition Challenge Introduction and Progression student book (one per learner) £11.60
Transition Challenge Introduction and Progression student book in ringbinder (one per learner) £18.50
Transition Challenge Silver certification (per learner) £5.50
Transition Challenge Gold certification (per learner) £5.50
Transition Challenge 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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