Towards Independence (Asdan Awards)

Towards Independants (Asdan Awards)

Towards Independence provides a framework of activities to develop and accredit personal, social, work-related and independent living skills.

Towards Independence offers formal recognition for small steps of achievement towards a larger goal.


There are more than 70 modules, which can be used separately and accumulated to build a record of personal achievement.

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Who is it for?

Young people of all abilities, mainly aged 19+.

The key aims of the My Independence programmes are to raise aspirations and specifically address the needs of young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), severe learning difficulties (SLD) and moderate learning difficulties (MLD) through meaningful and creative learning opportunities. Each programme provides a real-life context to reward achievement and foster the personal, social and work-related abilities of all learners by focusing on a person-centred planning approach.

Because Short Courses are multi-level, the focus is on completing challenges and skills development according to individual ability, rather than attainment at a specific level. 

Facts and Figures

  • Flexible, multi-level programme

  • Internally moderated

  • Accredits 10-60 hours of activity


Learners must present evidence of their activities in an organised portfolio or e-portfolio.

This will contain:

  • a record of challenges completed, with supporting evidence for each challenge

  • recording documents, showing how learners have planned and reviewed their activities

  • summary of achievement, highlighting skills development

  • personal statement

Course Content

Towards Independence modules cover the following themes: 

  • Communication and numeracy

  • Creative studies

  • Cultural

  • Independent living

  • Leisure, recreation and sport

  • Personal development, PSHE and citizenship

  • Work-related

  • Modules particularly suitable for learners with PMLD