What is it?

New Horizons is an activity-based curriculum resource which supports the delivery of PSHE, Citizenship and Careers Education. The activities also offer an opportunity to develop communication and numeracy skills in a life skills setting.

Who is it for?

The programme has been developed for learners aged 9 to 13 who have a special educational need. It is suited for learners achieving at lower levels of the National Curriculum than their peers. It is also suitable for learners working across the P Levels.


ASDAN's Preparing for Adulthood programmes provide further opportunities for accrediting the achievements of learners with special educational needs:


The New Horizons programme is learner-centred, offering structure and flexibility; it provides recognition for small steps in achievement. 

Working with their tutor, the student completes a Personal Skills section in the New Horizons Record Book for each module they do, which will help them identify specific things they're good at.

The final activity in each module is My Challenge. This requires the learner, working with the tutor, to identify something new they would like to try.


The activities are split into five modules:

  • Personal
  • Social
  • Health
  • Citizenship
  • Relationships

Each module contains a focused careers-related activity. 

New Horizons Student Book

Download sample pages from the New Horizons student book.

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 New Horizons, 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 verified within your centre to check that everything required for the length and level of award is in place. Centres have the option of having students' work externally moderated, however this is not a mandatory requirement. Alternatively, blank New Horizons certificates can be purchased from ASDAN and awarded at the discretion of the tutor.

What's Next?

Case Studies

New Horizons is 'resounding success' for learners