What is it?

The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness is a nationally recognised qualification outcome of the ASDAN programmes. The qualifications offer imaginative ways of accrediting young people's activities. They promote, and allow centres to record, a wide range of personal qualities, abilities and achievements of young people, as well as introducing them to new activities and challenges.

Read the full specifications for CoPE Level 1 and CoPE Level 2

Who is it for?

  • Students in Years 10 and 11, either within the whole school PSHE programme or within the option system
  • "High effort" students, or those described as Gifted and Talented in Key Stage 3
  • Students in Post-16 education, embarking on programmes at Levels 1 and 2

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.


The CoPE Student Book comprises 12 modules, each of which is divided into three sections. Each section should take 10 hours, which is worth one credit. Students will need 12 credits to gain the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness. For CoPE Level 1, challenges can come from Section A, B or C; for CoPE Level 2, at least six of the credits must be chosen from the longer challenges of Sections B and C.

The module titles are:

  • Communication
  • Citizenship and Community
  • Sport and Leisure
  • Independent Living
  • The Environment
  • Vocational Preparation
  • Health and Fitness
  • Work Related Learning and Enterprise
  • Science and Technology
  • International Links
  • Expressive Arts
  • Beliefs and Values

By building a Portfolio of Evidence as they complete various challenges, students must demonstrate competence at Level 1 or 2 in the following skills: Introduction to Working with Others, Introduction to Improving own Learning and Performance, Introduction to Problem Solving, Planning and Carrying out a Piece of Research, Communication through Discussion and Planning and Giving an Oral Presentation.

Units and standards

Download the standards for CoPE Levels 1-3 to find out what is required for each skills unit.
Please note that centres registering to deliver CoPE 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.

Student book

Download sample pages from the CoPE Levels 1 and 2 student book.

Getting started

For centres new to ASDAN, your first step is to complete the Centre Registration Form.

Once your registration has been processed, you must upload specified policies and procedures as part of the ASDAN centre approval process. Once these have been accepted you will be able to access candidate registration for ASDAN qualifications.

Current ASDAN centres need to ensure that CoPE 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 CoPE 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 CoPE. 


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.

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

Item Price
CoPE Level 1 and 2 candidate registration (one per learner, includes student book and certification) £27.95
CoPE Level 3 candidate registration (one per learner, includes student book and certification) £32.25
CoPE Levels 1, 2 and 3 standards with guidance £7.25


Please note that prices are listed with VAT at 20% where appropriate. All prices valid until 31 August 2017.

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