What is it?

Key Steps is a comprehensive programme of activities in a range of topic areas covering Citizenship, PSHE, Environment Education, Personal Finance Education, Enterprise and Internationalism. The flexibility and range of Key Steps means that it can be followed for up to three years or for less than one year.

Key Steps can now be completed online through our e-portfolio system. Registered centres can access this option via the tutor portal.

Who is it for?

The activities are aimed at the 10-14 age group and can be used in schools, youth or training centres and alternative education. They are presented in the form of personal challenges and encourage students to develop their personal skills and take responsibility for their own learning.

Facts and Figures

  • Internally moderated
  • 30-35 hours of activity required to claim a certificate
  • Each student can claim up to three certificates
  • Can count as up to two of the credits needed to achieve the Personal Development Programmes


Learners complete challenges and collate the work they produce in a portfolio of evidence, along with their student book and recording documents. 

Students must complete 30-35 hours of challenges to achieve each certificate. Students may achieve up to three certificates.


Challenges can be selected from any of the nine modules:

  • Identity
  • Community
  • Health
  • Citizenship
  • Environment
  • Personal Finance
  • Enterprise
  • Values
  • International

Getting started

If you are not yet registered with ASDAN, your first step is to complete an Application for Centre Registration Form. See the Join section for more information. Current ASDAN centres need to ensure that the programme is 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 asdan.org.uk. ASDAN also provides introductory workshops and can arrange in-house training.

ASDAN members area

Once your centre is registered with ASDAN for Key Steps, you can access further information and resources via the members area of asdan.org.uk. It contains all relevant updates, essential documents and resources.

There is no limit to the number of people from a registered centre who can sign up to use the members area. 


At the end of the programme, learners' folders should be internally moderated within your centre to check that everything required for the length and level of award is in place.

Once satisfied that this has been done, tutors can request certificates for their successful learners online from the members area of asdan.org.uk. No external moderation is required. 

What's Next?