ASDAN offers a range of nationally approved qualifications based around the development of personal, social and employability skills. 

Qualification levels

  • Entry 1, 2 and 3 (Access) qualifications meet the needs of learners working below GCSE (Intermediate) level – see the SEND provision information booklet for further details
  • Levels 1 and 2 (Intermediate) qualifications are comparable in size to GCSEs 
  • Level 3 (Higher) qualifications are comparable in size to A/AS-levels 
Qualification approval and status

ASDAN qualifications are approved for pre- and post-16 provision by the regulatory authorities for England (Ofqual), Wales (Qualifications Wales) and Northern Ireland (CCEA).

Each qualification sits within the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) – formerly the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) – and some have approval within the SCQF in Scotland.

All ASDAN qualifications have successfully passed the Ofqual review and extension process. For further details see the full list of qualification codes and approval dates.

Qualification performance points

Following amendments to the school and college performance tables in England, qualifications that do not rely on a written examination for assessment purposes, such as ASDAN qualifications, do not, themselves, contribute to the tables. There is however strong evidence that ASDAN qualifications improve performance in English and Mathematics, which have a double weighting in school performance measures such as Progress 8.

In Wales and Northern Ireland, ASDAN qualifications can contribute towards school and college performance measures. For full details, see the list of qualification codes and performance figures for Wales and Northern Ireland.

UCAS points

UCAS points have been ascribed to the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), Award of Personal Effectiveness (AoPE) and Wider Key Skills qualifications at Level 3 as follows:

  • CoPE – 16 UCAS points
  • AoPE – 8 UCAS points
  • Wider Key Skills – 6 UCAS points per skill


ASDAN qualifications can be delivered in a variety of settings, including post-16 provision, secondary schools and special schools – as well as in alternative education, training and non-formal contexts. 

ASDAN registration status

There are different levels of centre registration with ASDAN, depending on which of our courses you would like to deliver. To deliver ASDAN qualifications your centre must be fully registered (i.e. paying the full fee).

Registration status
E-portfolio access

Award of Personal Effectiveness (AoPE) - Award-sized qualification at Levels 1, 2 and 3

Certificate of Personal Effectiveness Level 1 and 2 (CoPE) - Certificate-sized qualification at Levels 1 and 2

Certificate of Personal Effectiveness Level 3 (CoPE) - Certificate-sized qualification at Level 3

Diploma in Life Skills Diploma-sized qualifications at Entry 1-3

Employability Award and Certificate-sized qualifications from Entry 2 to Level 3

Event Volunteering Qualifications Single-unit qualifications from Entry 3 to Level 3

Personal Progress Award, Certificate and Diploma-sized qualifications at Entry 1

Personal and Social Development (PSD) - Award and Certificate-sized qualifications at Entry 1-3 and Levels 1 and 2

Wider Key Skills Individual NQF qualifications at Levels 1 to 3