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Certificate of Personal Effectiveness Level 1 and 2


What is it?

The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) is a nationally recognised qualification available at Levels 1, 2 and 3. The qualification offers imaginative ways of accrediting young people's activities. It promotes, and allows 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

Take a look at inspiring success stories from ASDAN centres in the CoPE case studies leaflet. These testimonials highlight the benefits of CoPE for both learners and centres.

You can also find out more about CoPE in this information leaflet

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?

  • 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 curriculum is found in the student book, which comprises 13 modules. The modules are divided into three sections; section A, B and C. Each section should take at least 10 hours to complete – 10 hours is worth one credit. Students will need 12 credits to gain the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness.

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; Combined Studies (this module allows you to mix and match a combination of challenges from other modules).

Students will produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their achievements. Students must also demonstrate competence at Level 1 or 2 in the six CoPE skills units:

  • 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
  • Planning and Giving an Oral Presentation

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.

Exemplar portfolios

These exemplar unit portfolios have been created to provide guidance for centres on the type and amount of evidence required for CoPE units.

Student book

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

For CoPE Level 1, challenges can be chosen from sections 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.

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 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
CoPE Level 1 and 2 candidate registration (one per learner, includes student book and certification) £29.95
CoPE Level 3 candidate registration (one per learner, includes student book and certification) £33.25
CoPE 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.

What next?

Case Studies

Boosting personal effectiveness will help learners succeed in life only Boosting personal effectiveness will help learners succeed in life

Learners at Dorset school improve literacy skills through CoPE only Learners at Dorset school improve literacy skills through CoPE

CoPE complements academic learning at Gloucestershire school only CoPE complements academic learning at Gloucestershire school

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