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Personal Progress


What is it?

The new suite of ASDAN Personal Progress qualifications have been designed to address the needs of learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), working at Entry 1 or below. The qualifications ensure that all learners are given the same opportunities to access appropriate and relevant education to develop new skills and improve their life outcomes. 

ASDAN has made significant improvements to our Personal Progress qualifications since 2009, when they first became available. 

Who is it for?

The qualifications have been developed for learners working towards and at Entry 1 to have their achievements recognised within a qualification framework. They can be undertaken in schools, colleges, residential and day care services, training providers and independent provision.

Personal Progress is available for delivery in England and Wales only.

Key features

  • nine new units written specifically for learners with PMLD 

  • the assessment guidance has been updated to reflect modern life (eg use of technology, improving mental health and wellbeing) 

  • only one mandatory document per unit, the evidence transcript, to help reduce the administration burden on centres 

  • the qualification specification contains all the required delivery information in one document 

  • an extended certificate size qualification is now available to bridge the gap from the certificate to diploma 


Each unit has a credit value (1 credit is equal to approximately 10 hours of learning). To achieve a qualification learners must gain credits by completing their chosen units and providing clear evidence that they have met the full requirements of the unit. 

Units can be built up in any combination to reach the total credit value required for a qualification.

  • Learners who accrue 8 credits will receive an Award qualification
  • Learners who accrue 14 credits will receive a Certificate qualification
  • Learners who accrue 25 credits will receive an Extended Certificate qualification
  • Learners who accrue 37 credits will receive a Diploma qualification
  • Learners who accrue fewer than 8 credits will be awarded a unit certificate, provided they have met the full requirements of the unit(s)

Once the unit has been certificated, it will not be moderated again even if the candidate is now operating at a higher stage on the Achievement Continuum. The credits available for a unit can only be gained once. 

Learners achieving at Entry 1 can progress to other ASDAN qualifications, such as PSD and Employability.

Assessment resources 

Evidence transcripts – tutors are required to provide a mandatory evidence transcript for each unit completed by the learner; this will detail the specific skills and knowledge that the learner has demonstrated (download a sample evidence transcript). The tutor will also use an Achievement Continuum to record learner attainment and progress; this will be recorded on the evidence transcript.

These assessment resources can be downloaded from the members area. 

Getting started

For centres new to ASDAN, your first step is to complete the Centre Registration Form.

Once your registration has been processed, you must upload specified policies and procedures as part of the ASDAN centre approval process. Once these have been accepted you will be able to access candidate registration for ASDAN qualifications.

Current ASDAN centres need to ensure that Personal Progress is added to their centre's registration.

Following registration, you will be able to purchase candidate registrations and access additional resources and guidance via the members area.

Training and support

All centres running Personal Progress must have an ASDAN-trained co-ordinator; ASDAN provides introductory training workshops and can arrange in-house training.

Free regional support meetings are held throughout the year and are open to any staff involved in delivering Personal Progress.


After students' work has been internally moderated, centres must register candidates for external moderation, which is carried out by post. ASDAN will issue certificates following successful external moderation.


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

Item Price
Award candidate registration (one per learner, includes certification) £29.95
Certificate candidate registration (one per learner, includes certification) £39.95
Extended certificate candidate registration (one per learner, includes certification) £59.95
Diploma candidate registration (one per learner, includes certification) £84.95


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

All candidate registration costs, also known as standard qualification fees, are shown above and unless stated otherwise, are charged per candidate.

This fee covers the administrative costs of registering the candidate for the qualification, co-ordination of moderation and awarding/certification.

What next?

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