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Personal and Social Effectiveness Level 1 and 2


What is it?

Personal and Social Effectiveness qualifications are Level 1 and Level 2 courses designed to develop learners' confidence, wellbeing and personal resilience. 

Scheduled for launch in September 2021, this motivating and engaging curriculum contains a wide variety of flexible challenges, empowering young people to take control of their learning, discover themselves, and build respectful and inclusive relationships.

Available in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the qualifications have been designed to develop personal effectiveness competencies in communication, collaboration and emotional intelligence.

Building on the success of the Award and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness

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.

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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

Key features

The Personal and Social Effectiveness qualifications aim to:

  • develop a range of transferable knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes
  • enable learners to build their tier 2 vocabulary and to improve their ability to read and write for meaning
  • provide ongoing assessment opportunities that centres can schedule at times personalised to the learner
  • give learners the opportunity to delve deeply into a project area of their choice (see Delivering a project unit)


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. 

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.

Units and topics

Unit one: Developing myself and my performance

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

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

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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