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Award of Personal Effectiveness

About this course

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 shorter version of the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness, sits within the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and is approved as eligible for use in Foundation Learning provision at Level 1.

Read the full specifications for AoPE L1AoPE L2 and AoPE L3.

New Personal and Social Effectiveness qualifications

Please note that ASDAN is planning to launch new Personal and Social Effectiveness Level 1 and 2 qualifications in September 2021. These will replace AoPE and CoPE (Award and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness) Level 1 and 2 with an enhanced qualification designed to engage, elevate and empower young people.

Learner registrations for the Award and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness will remain available for purchase until 31 December 2022.

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.

Facts and figures

  • AoPE Level 3 is worth 8 UCAS points for students entering higher education from 2017. Download information about changes to the UCAS points tariff for 2017 entry.
  • 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.

Requirements

Students must complete eight credits (80 hours) at Levels 1 & 2 and nine credits (90 hours) at Level 3. They also need to develop and demonstrate personal effectiveness skills through the curriculum in the chosen student book. Students will use the AoPE recording documents to show that they have met the criteria for sufficient assessment units to achieve the required number of 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 AoPE Levels 1-3 standards only.

Please note that centres registered 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 unit standards. Download sample units from the AoPE Levels 1-3 standards with guidance.

Supporting resources

The following flowcharts demonstrate the requirements for completing AoPE at Level 1Level 2 and Level 3

1. Staff training


• The members of staff with overall responsibility for delivery must attend an ASDAN introductory workshop, webinar or an INSET.

2. Register with ASDAN


• You will need to have ASDAN Qualifications membership to deliver CoPE and AoPE. Membership allows centres to purchase materials and access support from ASDAN, including regular mailings and updates.

3. Centre approval


• Centres will need to provide specific policies and procedures and provide additional information in order to be given centre approval.
• Centres are risk rated and all new centres will require a centre approval visit.
• Centres will be required to review and renew a number of centre policies each year.

4. Create a new cohort


• Create a new cohort in the members’ area of the ASDAN website: asdan.org.uk
• Specify a course co-ordinator and select your expected moderation date.
• Enter the number of learners taking the course, with learner names if known.
• Select student books for your learners.

5. Delivery and assessment


• Create assessment plans for all units being assessed. Centres may be asked to supply  them to ASDAN for validation.
• Deliver the course to candidates, making use of the standards and general guidance and assessment resources.

6. Support


• Autumn term themed support meetings offer CPD opportunities.
• Spring term qualification support meetings offer ongoing support, feedback and opportunities for networking.

7. Internal moderation


• Internally moderate all portfolios to ensure that learners have met the full requirements of the qualification. Ensure that candidates are given adequate time to make any necessary amendments.

8. External moderation


• Book your moderation. Deadline of 31 October for booking moderation within the academic year.
• Confirm your learner names and details.
• Provide the sample portfolios to the external quality assurer (EQA), as requested.
• Moderation may take place as part of a centre visit or be carried out by post.
• Certificates will be sent to your centre within 20 working days of your EQA notifying ASDAN that a successful final moderation has taken place.

Costs

All candidate registration costs shown below are per candidate, unless otherwise stated.

Item Price
Award of Personal and Social Effectiveness:   
Level 1 and 2 £29.95
Level 3 £33.25

Products can be purchased below.

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Products

AoPE Level 3 candidate registration

Candidates should be registered as you begin the qualification. As a guide, for a full year course you should register candidate numbers by the end of October, and for roll-on roll-off courses, registration should be completed within a month of candidates starting.

The candidate registration fee covers the administrative costs of registering the candidate for the qualification, co-ordination of moderation, student book and awarding/certification.

£33.25

AoPE Standards with Guidance 2018

The Standards with Guidance is a vital document that describes the standards candidates must meet for each AoPE assessment unit and provides guidance to support these standards at Levels 1, 2 and 3.

All centres registered for AoPE are issued with a copy. This resource is also available for registered AoPE centres to download from the members area of this website.

£8.40

Candidate evidence portfolio 2 hole folder

A sturdy two-hole D-ring binder with a 2-inch spine. Includes a pocket on the spine for student's name and on the inside cover to hold a student workbook. Can be used with any ASDAN course to store students' evidence.

£5.20
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AoPE Level 3 candidate registration

Candidates should be registered as you begin the qualification. As a guide, for a full year course you should register candidate numbers by the end of October, and for roll-on roll-off courses, registration should be completed within a month of candidates starting.

The candidate registration fee covers the administrative costs of registering the candidate for the qualification, co-ordination of moderation, student book and awarding/certification.

£33.25

AoPE Standards with Guidance 2018

The Standards with Guidance is a vital document that describes the standards candidates must meet for each AoPE assessment unit and provides guidance to support these standards at Levels 1, 2 and 3.

All centres registered for AoPE are issued with a copy. This resource is also available for registered AoPE centres to download from the members area of this website.

£8.40

Candidate evidence portfolio 2 hole folder

A sturdy two-hole D-ring binder with a 2-inch spine. Includes a pocket on the spine for student's name and on the inside cover to hold a student workbook. Can be used with any ASDAN course to store students' evidence.

£5.20

Candidate evidence portfolio 4 hole folder

A sturdy four-hole D-ring binder with a 2-inch spine. Includes a pocket on the spine for student's name and on the inside cover to hold a student workbook. Can be used with any ASDAN course to store students' evidence.

£5.70
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