What is it?


The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness is a nationally recognised qualification offered by ASDAN. The qualification offers imaginative ways of accrediting young people’s activities through their PSHE lessons. They allow schools to record, a wide range of personal qualities, abilities and achievements of young people, as well as introducing them to new activities and challenges. Students will receive 2 hours of CoPE lessons per fortnight.

Who is it for?

Students within the whole school PSHE programme at Key Stage 3. Additionally, at Aberdare Community School some students taught at Key Stage 4, who are studying for a range of courses and have not attained the qualification whilst studying in Years 7 – 9. All pupils, in Years 7 & 8 from September 2014, will be entered for this qualification at the appropriate level for their ability at the end of Year 9. A small pilot group of students from September’s Year 9 cohort may be entered for this qualification in 2015.

Facts and figures

CoPE at Level 2 is comparable to a GCSE Grade B qualification. At Level 1 it is comparable to a GCSE Grade E/F qualification.


The CoPE course comprises 12 modules, each of which is divided into three sections. Each section should take 10 hours, which is worth one credit. Students will need 12 credits to gain the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness. For CoPE Level 1, challenges can come from Section 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. Challenges will come from activities, lessons, visits and speakers.

The module titles are:

  • Communication
  • Citizenship and Community
  • Sport and Leisure
  • Independent Living
  • The Environment
  • Vocational and Diploma Preparation
  • Health and Fitness
  • Work Related Learning and Enterprise
  • Science and Technology
  • International Links
  • Expressive Arts
  • Beliefs and Values

By building a Portfolio of Evidence as they complete various challenges, students must demonstrate competence at Level 1 or 2 in the following skills:

  • 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 and
  • Planning and Giving an Oral Presentation.