What is Key Steps?

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 challenges encourage learners to develop their personal skills and take responsibility for their own learning. Each module contains at least one set of linked challenges so that learners can extend their interest and demonstrate deeper learning.

Who is it for?

Key Steps is primarily aimed at Key Stage 3 learners (ages 10–14) and can be used in:

  • schools
  • youth or training centres
  • alternative education


Courses Characteristics

Education system of PSHE

9 optional courses

6 skill-based learning

30-90 Hours work

High-quality Portfolio

Evaluation System

Authorized Certificate

Credit System

Curriculum requirements

Course information

Suitable crowd
Young people, mainly aged between 10 and 14

How long does it take?
Learners must complete 30 hours of challenges to achieve a Key Steps certificate. Learners can achieve up to three certificates over 30, 60 or 90 hours.The flexibility of Key Steps means that it can be completed over any time frame.

How can Key Step be used?

Flexibility is a fundamental feature of Key Steps Programme and there are many ways in which it can be delivered:

  • as an integral part of the National Curriculum
  • as part of an enrichment programme
  • through tutorial sessions within Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme
  • as part of the option system
  • as part of an entitlement programme
  • as part of a learner support programme
  • through extra-curricular sessions
  • as a focus for community-based education
  • as a basis for a residential course/experience

Course Structure






Personal Finance




Activity Case

Module 1: Identity

Challenge 3

Design a flyer for students who are new to your centre, outlining things you think they should know (e.g. what to do if you lose something, what happens if you miss the bus, what to do if someone is bullying you or you see someone else being bullied, what trips are on offer).

Module 4: Citizenship

Challenge 8

Carry out a small project in which you successfully make a change to your local community. Give a ‘before and after’ presentation or create a display of the project using photos to illustrate what difference has been made.

Module 9: International

Challenge 12

Keep in regular contact with someone your own age, who lives in another country. Make a list about how their lives are the same and different to yours.

Key Steps portfolio

A Key Steps student book with the completed challenges signed off

Evidence for each completed challenge (30 hours of challenges per certificate)

A completed Record of Progress

Skills Sheets at the appropriate level to explain how they have demonstrated the relevant number of skills

A completed Summary of Achievement and Personal Statement

Review Process


This Certificate can prove the students take the considerable time and effort, and accumulated a certain amount of knowledge and skills to improve the quality ability in a specific area such as leadership, Environment, Health, Citizenship and so on.

Participation Process

1. The school get to know the Key Steps

2. The teachers attend into the training session

3. Application and registration

4. Sign a cooperation agreement with the school

5. The teacher set up a curriculum plan for the students

6. The students join into the activities

7. Reviewing the result of quality report

8. Applying for the official certificate

9. Certificating the teachers according to the passing rate of the course

Teacher training

ASDAN CHINA will provide the FREE Training Session in the Teachers’ Conference. It aims to cultivate teachers’ planning and design ability in the Short Course teaching process. Also, for the Teachers who are outstanding in the whole process of Short Course, they can receive the certificate of “Outstanding Quality Education Tutor” from ASDAN.

Training Hours: 3-4 Hours
Training content:ASDAN Education Standards and Certification System Design course as an integral part of the National Curriculum, as a focus for community-based education or as part of an elective programme ,Evaluation System ,Application of authority certificate, Case study
Training place: See below

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Northern China:Ms. 15116944795
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1. Who are they for?

The stepping stones is well placed to meet the needs of many different types of learners, providing a including secondary schools, training provision and non-formal contexts.

2. In our school, we already have various activities and students clubs, are they suitable for us ?

Currently the level of extra-curricular activities differs hugely from school to school. Stepping Stones can help schools to set up a systematic extra curriculum and assessment with specific credit System along with improving teachers' abilities to develop extra-curricular activities. Furthermore, it can improve the quality of current activities and provide visible outcomes for learners' parents and principals.

3. For newly opened schools without any systematic extra-curricular activities, what can we benefit from this course?

It offers 12 different topics which can help the new school to form a basis of their extra curriculars by using the Stepping Stones activities as its framework.

4. What are the requirements for students?

ASDAN Stepping Stones are available for aged 13-19+ learners. Each learner is required to participate activities, collect evidence and complete their course portfolio.

5. What are the benefits for teachers?
  • The responsible teacher can be accredited with an "ASDAN Outstanding Teacher Award"
  • Evidence to approve their outcome in tutoring activities
  • Help to enrich schools extra curricular activities
6. What are the requirements for teachers ?

Good English is helpful to run Stepping Stones but it's not required. And it's not necessary for teachers to be an expert on one topic to carry it out. As long as the responsible teacher is dedicated, we believe that the teachers and students will both have a positive experience when exploring the course together.

7. Do we have to "teach" this course in classroom?

ASDAN Stepping Stones are different from our traditional classes. We encourage learner-centred education which means that teachers will act only as a guide to their learners, so that they can learn and carry activities out more independently.

8. Is it possible that each one student takes one course?

We suggest a group of over 15 students for each course due to some specific requirements that involve team work and classmate participation.