What is it?

The Award of Personal Effectiveness is a nationally recognised qualification, available at Levels 1, 2 and 3. It can accredit many of the imaginative and diverse activities undertaken by learners, both inside and outside of school. Assessment is based on a portfolio of evidence. The AoPE assessment units encourage the development of the skills required for progression to further education, training or employment.

AoPE is a nationally recognised qualification outcome of the ASDAN programmes. It is a shorter version of the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness, sits within the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and is approved as eligible for use in Foundation Learning provision at Level 1.


Who is it for?

AoPE is suitable for a wide range of learners, within and beyond the 14-19 age group of students. The opportunity to choose the context in which the learner studies makes AoPE particularly attractive to those in secondary schools and non-formal education.

AoPE offers the opportunity for progression to other ASDAN qualifications, such as CoPE or Wider Key Skills.

Facts and figures

  • 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/college performance measures. Download this information sheet for details.
  • Following changes to UCAS points for all qualifications, AoPE Level 3 is worth 8 UCAS points for students entering higher education in 2017. Download information about changes to the UCAS points tariff for 2017 entry.

Requirements

Students must complete six curriculum credits’ worth of challenges (60 hours) from an ASDAN student book (at Levels 1 & 2)/80 hours of challenges at Level 3. They also need to develop and demonstrate personal effectiveness skills through the curriculum in the chosen student book. Use the ASDAN AoPE recording documents to show that they have met the criteria for sufficient assessment units to achieve eight QCF assessment credits:

  • Introduction to working with others (L1)/Team Working (L2, L3)
  • Planning and reviewing learning (L1, L2, L3)
  • Dealing with problems in daily life (L1, L2)/Tackling problems (L3)
  • Planning and carrying out research (L1, L2)/Research skills (L3)
  • Group discussion (L1, L2)
  • Preparing for and giving a presentation (L1, L2)/Improving skills in preparing and presenting information (L3)
  • Developing self (L1, L2)
  • Learning through work experience (L3)
  • Career exploration (L3)

Units and Standards

Download the standards for AoPE at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Please note that centres registering to deliver AoPE will be able to access a full copy of the Standards with Guidance, which provides key information on how to interpret and implement the standards. Download sample units from the Standards with Guidance.

Supporting resources

A list of AoPE FAQs is available to download, while the following flowcharts demonstrate the requirements for completing AoPE at Level 1Level 2 and Level 3. A pilot project in Coventry explored the use of AoPE Level 3 across several schools; read the summary report here.

Getting started

For centres new to ASDAN, your first step is to complete the Centre Registration Form. Current ASDAN centres need to ensure that AoPE is added to their centre's registration.

Following registration, you will be able to purchase candidate registrations and access additional resources and guidance via the members area.


Training and support

All centres running AoPE must have an ASDAN-trained co-ordinator; ASDAN provides introductory training workshops and can arrange in-house training.

Free regional support meetings are held every term and are open to any staff involved in delivering AoPE.

Assessment

After students' work has been internally moderated, centres must register candidates for external moderation, which takes place at a regional moderation meeting. ASDAN will issue certificates following successful external moderation.

What's Next?


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