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

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)


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


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

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 Transition Challenge, 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. 


After students' portfolios have been internally moderated, centres must register candidates' names for external moderation via the members area of asdan.org.uk. In most cases, moderation will be carried out by post. ASDAN will issue certificates following successful external moderation.

What's Next?