About this course
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.
Facts and figures
- CoPE Level 3 is worth 16 UCAS points for students entering higher education.
- In Wales and Northern Ireland, ASDAN qualifications can contribute towards school/college performance measures. Download this information sheet for details.
- A number of higher education institutions (HEIs) recognise the value of CoPE Level 3 and state that, alongside other Level 3 qualifications, it can contribute to fulfilling entry requirements to a range of higher education courses.
Applicants to HEIs are strongly advised to confirm with the department offering the course that the department in question will take CoPE into consideration as part of the application process.
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, 40 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 CoPE Levels 1-3 standards only.
Please note that centres registered 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 unit standards. Download sample units from the CoPE Levels 1-3 standards with guidance.
Download sample pages from the CoPE and AoPE Level 3 student book.
The following documents are available to download for free:
- CoPE Level 3 qualification specification
- CoPE Levels 1-3 standards only
- Sample units from the CoPE Levels 1-3 standards with guidance
- CoPE and AoPE Level 3 student sample book
- CoPE L3 assessment plans
- CoPE L3 completed example assessment plan
- Assessment planning guidance
- Assessment planning checklist
1. Staff training
• The members of staff with overall responsibility for delivery must attend an ASDAN introductory workshop, webinar or INSET. Book at: asdan.org.uk/training
2. Register with ASDAN
• You will need ASDAN Qualifications membership to deliver CoPE qualifications. Membership allows centres to purchase materials and access support, including regular mailings and updates.
• Become a member at: asdan.org.uk/membership or manage your existing membership at: asdan.org.uk/membership-details
3. Centre approval
• Centres will need to provide specific policies and procedures and provide additional information in order to be given centre approval to deliver qualifications. Centres are risk rated and all new centres will require a centre approval visit.
• Centres should create assessment plans for all units being assessed. Centres may be asked to supply them to ASDAN for validation.
• Centres will be required to review and renew a number of centre policies each year at: asdan.org.uk/member/centre-details/centre-approval
4. Create a new cohort
• Create a new cohort using the ASDAN website: asdan.org.uk/member/cohorts
• Specify a course co-ordinator, the expected completion date and the number of learners taking the course. Select student books for your learners.
5. Delivery and assessment
• Deliver the course to candidates, making use of the standards and general guidance and assessment resources. Resources can be downloaded from the course resources section on this page.
• 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 course. Ensure learners are given time to make any necessary amendments.
8. External moderation
• Book your moderation at: asdan.org.uk/member/moderations
• Deadline of 31 October for booking moderation within the academic year. Fees apply for moderations booked after this date. Members are entitled to two free moderations per qualification, per year.
• Confirm your learner names and details for moderation: asdan.org.uk/member/cohorts
• 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.
ASDAN training events are delivered by experts to enable your centre to successfully run our courses. They provide an introduction to the course, along with guidance on the processes involved, course delivery and moderation.
Training is mandatory for Certificate of Personal Effectiveness qualifications.
All candidate registration costs shown below are per candidate, unless otherwise stated.
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CoPE Level 3 assessment checklists
CoPE Level 3: introduction to improving own learning and performance
CoPE Level 3: Introduction to working with others
CoPE Level 3: Introduction to problem solving
CoPE Level 3: Planning and carrying out a piece of research
CoPE Level 3: Communicating through discussion
CoPE Level 3: Planning and giving an oral presentation
CoPE Level 3 assessment plans – updated 2021
Level 3: Team working transfer document
Level 3: Planning and reviewing learning transfer document
CoPE Level 3 to AoPE: Tackling problems transfer document
CoPE Level 3 to AoPE: Research Skills transfer document
CoPE Level 3: Improving own learning and performance transfer document
CoPE Level 3: Working with others transfer document
AoPE Level 3: Research transfer document
CoPE Level 3 example assessment plan – updated 2021
Qualifications internal moderation checklist
Qualifications internal quality assurance guidance
Qualifications internal moderation report template
Qualifications internal moderation sampling plan
Qualifications internal standardisation feedback record
Qualifications internal standardisation meeting template
Helping others at Christmas: Citizenship and community
This PowerPoint can be used to structure a project based around helping others at Christmas, with links to challenges 2A6 and 2B1 from the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE). Learners are asked to investigate potential ways of helping others at Christmas, they then plan and undertake a period of volunteering, community or fundraising work and review their involvement. For example: organising a Christmas fayre to raise funds for charity; volunteering at a homeless shelter; donating presents to overseas children via a shoebox appeal; hosting a social event for local elderly residents.
Evaluation chart (individual)
This evaluation chart can be used by learners to evaluate a six-week individual activity. Learners are asked to mark on the graph each week to show what they did and how they felt; at the end of the project the learner should join up the marks to give a picture of the whole activity. This resource is particularly suited to challenges in Short Courses, Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold), CoPE and Wider Key Skills.
Evaluation chart (group)
This evaluation chart can be used by learners to evaluate a six-week group activity. Each member of the group should choose a different colour and mark on the graph each week to show what they did and how they felt. At the end of the project, each group member then joins up their marks to give a picture of the whole activity. This resource is particularly suited to challenges in Short Courses, Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold), CoPE and Wider Key Skills.
Scheme of work template
This template can be used to plan and create a scheme of work for any ASDAN programme or qualification. Also included is a completed example showing a scheme of work for Module 3 of the Personal Development Programmes.
This generic self-evaluation template can be used by learners to evaluate almost any group activity. Learners are asked to record how they felt about the activity and pick out the best and worst bits, before reflecting on what they could do better next time. This resource is particularly suited to challenges in Short Courses, Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold), CoPE and Wider Key Skills.
Teamwork health check
This generic teamwork health check template can support a wide range of group activities. Learners are asked to come up with a list of agreed ground rules for good teamwork, then rate each group member's performance against these criteria. This resource is particularly suited to challenges in Short Courses, Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold), CoPE and Wider Key Skills.