This range of off-the-shelf modules has been designed for learners aged 16+ with additional needs, specifically those who are learning in a domestic setting.

The programme comprises 12 modules that can be undertaken separately and built into a profile of achievement. For each module learners complete activities and gather evidence to demonstrate their progress and skill development in a particular area, such as communication and numeracy, independent living, work-related learning or sport and leisure.

Who is it for?

Focus is intended for adults, or those approaching adulthood, with additional learning needs, and adults for whom English is not their first language.

Focus can be used in a wide range of settings, such as:

  • care/residential homes
  • home education
  • colleges working with ESOL learners

It is ideal for those working with a small number of learners as you do not need to be a registered ASDAN centre to access these resources. Although the programme has been developed for candidates aged 16 and over, it can be used pre-16 if appropriate.

The Focus module books

Each candidate will need one copy of the module book(s) they are working towards. As they complete activities within the book, candidates also build up a portfolio of evidence, showing how they have developed and practised their skills.

There are 12 modules available, each one focusing on a different area of skills development (click on the titles to download a sample copy):

Guidance and resources

An optional guidance booklet is available to support mentors and supervisors delivering the Focus programme.


Tutors can reward the achievements of learners that have completed Focus modules using the internally-awarded certificates.

The certificates are available to purchase in packs of five or packs of 20.

Costs and getting started

All student book, certification and registration prices shown below are per learner, unless otherwise stated:

  • Focus module books (one per learner, per module)  £8.75
  • Focus guidance and resources (optional)  £24.10
  • Focus certificates (optional, pack of 5)  £5.00
  • Focus certificates (optional, pack of 20)  £9.85

No prior training is needed to deliver the course, ideas and advice on how to use the Focus resources can be found in the Guidance and Resources booklet.

These resources can be purchased online from the ASDAN website.