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Award of Personal Effectiveness


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 or Wider Key Skills.

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.


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

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 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.


After students' work has been internally moderated, centres must register candidates for external moderation, which is carried out by post. ASDAN will issue certificates following successful external moderation.


All prices shown below are per learner, unless otherwise stated.

Item Price
AoPE Level 1 and 2 candidate registration (one per learner, includes student book and certification) £29.95
AoPE Level 3 candidate registration (one per learner, includes student book and certification) £33.25
AoPE Levels 1, 2 and 3 standards with guidance £8.40


All prices valid from 1 September 2020 until 31 August 2021. Prices are shown exclusive of VAT.

All candidate registration costs, also known as standard qualification fees, are shown above and unless stated otherwise, are charged per candidate.

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

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