What is it?

The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) is a substantial, nationally recognised Level 3 qualification in skills development. It enables students to practise, develop and demonstrate six important skills that are required for success in higher education, training or employment: teamwork, problem solving, discussion, research, oral presentation and self-management.

Read the full specification for CoPE Level 3.


Who is it for?

CoPE Level 3 is primarily intended for students in post-16 education, helping them to build the skills they will need as they prepare for future study or work. In addition, it offers an ideal solution for accrediting the wider enrichment activities that often form a central part of the post-16 experience. It can also be used with younger Gifted and Talented groups.

To assist students in planning their next steps, we have produced a leaflet explaining how CoPE can support applications to employment and higher education. Please download the CoPE Level 3 flyer for students or see this news article for UCAS guidance.

Facts and figures

Following changes to UCAS points for all qualifications, CoPE Level 3 is worth 16 UCAS points for students entering higher education in 2017 (comparable to an B grade at AS Level).

The following universities specifically state that CoPE Level 3 can contribute to fulfilling entry requirements to a range of higher education courses, alongside other Level 3 qualifications:

  • University of the West of England
  • University College Birmingham
  • University of Lincoln
  • Edge Hill University
  • Southampton Solent University
  • Liverpool Hope University

You can download letters of support from these universities here, along with information about changes to the UCAS points tariff for 2017 entry.

Structure

Students build a portfolio of evidence to show how they have practised and developed the six skills while completing a selection of activities from the CoPE student book.

Each activity can take 20, 30 or 50 hours to complete and the qualification as a whole takes approximately 150 guided learning hours. Activities are chosen from the following modules:

  • Active Citizenship
  • Work Related Activities
  • Career Planning
  • Global Awareness
  • Enrichment Activities
  • Extended Project

There are a wide variety of activities available, from carrying out a detailed research project or taking on a leadership role to work experience, volunteering placements and overseas expeditions.


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 provide 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 and AoPE Level 3 student book.

Getting started

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

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


Purpose of CoPE Level 3

The Level 3 Certificate of Personal Effectiveness is a substantial and wide-ranging qualification the purpose of which is to enable candidates to develop and demonstrate a range of personal, key and employability skills, to broaden their experience and manage their learning in a variety of real life contexts. It is therefore “Applied General” in nature, and aims to teach candidates to understand, take responsibility for and learn from rich activities, rather than simply to experience them. Candidates are required to provide, through these activities, evidence of understanding and skills development against a set of standards. This quantifies and formalises their preparedness to progress into Higher Education, or employment, or vocational training and apprenticeships.

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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