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Personal and Social Effectiveness Level 1 and 2


What is it?

ASDAN's new Personal and Social Effectiveness qualifications are designed to develop 21st century competencies in communication, collaboration and emotional intelligence for learners working at Level 1 and Level 2.

Scheduled for launch across England, Wales and Northern Ireland in September 2021, the qualifications contain a wide variety of flexible and engaging challenges to help learners develop themselves and their performance, work alongside others and solve problems. Learners can also deliver a project, allowing them to build on and use the skills and knowledge they gain to achieve a certificate.

Download the abridged Personal and Social Effectiveness qualifications specification (pdf 836 KB).

Download a flyer (pdf 224 KB) explaining the qualifications and the benefits.

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A redesigned CoPE fit for the 2020s

Developed in conjunction with our members and education practitioners, the qualifications build on the success of ASDAN’s AoPE and CoPE (Award and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness). Learner registrations for the Award and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness will remain available for purchase until 31 December 2022.

Who is it for?

  • Learners in Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4)
  • Learners in post-16 education, embarking on programmes at Levels 1 and 2


Personal and Social Effectiveness qualifications:

  • develop targeted skills, attributes and values as well as cumulatively developing learners’ vocabulary stores, understanding and fluency
  • give learners regular opportunities to explore all elements of the curriculum and situate their learning in topics, activities and experiences that have meaning for them
  • provide a pedagogical focus on regular feedback to support the learning process
  • comprise streamlined course content that is intuitive to deliver and assess
  • contain competencies developed in a global context that represent the culture and heritage of young people in greatest need in the UK


Award and certificate-sized qualifications will be available at both Level 1 and 2. The estimated time taken to complete the award is 100 hours and the certificate will take approximately 160 hours.

Students will produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their achievements.

Learners develop their skills through the completion of formative challenges prior to being assessed through a summative challenge. 

Download a sample of the Personal and Social Effectiveness centre handbook (pdf 839 KB).

Units and standards

Learners must complete units one to three in order to achieve the award, and units one to four to achieve the certificate. In the award, learners are assessed on how they have developed the ability to:

  • understand and develop themselves and their own performance
  • work with others in teams
  • develop and use problem solving skills

In the certificate, learners will additionally be assessed on how they have developed the ability to deliver a project. This includes planning, research, presentation and discussion.

The challenge directory (sample version pdf 1.5 MB) contains all of the challenges for the qualifications. Challenge briefs (sample versions pdf 1.3 MB) provide information including the learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

Units and topics

Unit one: Developing myself and my performance

  • Health and wellbeing
  • International links
  • Digital communications
  • Beliefs and values

Unit two: Working with others

  • Citizenship and community
  • Sport and leisure
  • Environment
  • Enterprise
  • Beliefs and values

Unit three: Problem solving

  • Science and technology
  • Expressive arts
  • Independent living
  • Vocational preparation

Unit four: Delivering a project (certificate only)

  • Building on the knowledge, skills and attributes of the first three units, the learner chooses their project linked to one or more topics from units 1-3

Learning journals (sample versions pdf 3.3 MB) include all challenges for the units, as well as the summative challenge briefs and mandatory progress tracker.

Project journals (sample versions pdf 2.3 MB) include copies of the project brief, project tracker and project forms 1-8.

Both the learning and project journals also contain optional recording templates to support learners in completing each unit, such as planning and reviewing templates, logs and worksheets.

Getting started

Personal and Social Effectiveness qualifications will be available for purchase and delivery in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from September 2021. 

Training and support

Training is mandatory in order to deliver Personal and Social Effectiveness qualifications. ASDAN provides introductory training webinars and in-house training, equipping your centre with all the knowledge and skills needed to deliver these qualifications effectively.


All units are centre assessed and internally moderated throughout the course. Centre assessment decisions are submitted at the end of the course. Student portfolios will then undergo external moderation, which is carried out by post. ASDAN issues certificates following successful external moderation.


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

Item Price
Personal and Social Effectiveness Award  £35.95
Personal and Social Effectiveness Certificate  £43.95

All prices valid from September 2021. Prices are shown exclusive of VAT.

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