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Certificate of Personal Effectiveness Level 3

About this course

What is it?

The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) is a substantial, nationally recognised Level 3 qualification in skills development. It enables students to practise, develop and demonstrate six important skills that are required for success in higher education, training or employment: teamwork, problem solving, discussion, research, oral presentation and self-management.

Read the full specification for CoPE Level 3.

Who is it for?

CoPE Level 3 is primarily intended for students in post-16 education, helping them to build the skills they will need as they prepare for future study or work. In addition, it offers an ideal solution for accrediting the wider enrichment activities that often form a central part of the post-16 experience. It can also be used with younger Gifted and Talented groups.

Facts and figures

CoPE Level 3 is worth 16 UCAS points for students entering higher education (comparable to a B grade at AS Level). 

In Wales and Northern Ireland, ASDAN qualifications can contribute towards school/college performance measures. Download this information sheet for details.

Endorsements from HEIs

A number of higher education institutions (HEIs) recognise the value of CoPE Level 3 and state that, alongside other Level 3 qualifications, it can contribute to fulfilling entry requirements to a range of higher education courses.

Applicants to HEIs are strongly advised to confirm with the department offering the course that the department in question will take CoPE into consideration as part of the application process.

Structure

Students build a portfolio of evidence to show how they have practised and developed the six skills while completing a selection of activities from the CoPE student book.

Each activity can take 20, 30, 40 or 50 hours to complete and the qualification as a whole takes approximately 150 guided learning hours. Activities are chosen from the following modules:

  • Active Citizenship
  • Work Related Activities
  • Career Planning
  • Global Awareness
  • Enrichment Activities
  • Extended Project

There are a wide variety of activities available, from carrying out a detailed research project or taking on a leadership role to work experience, volunteering placements and overseas expeditions.


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.

Student Book

Download sample pages from the CoPE and AoPE Level 3 student book.

1. Staff training


• The members of staff with overall responsibility for delivery must attend an ASDAN introductory workshop, webinar or an INSET.

2. Register with ASDAN


• You will need to have ASDAN Qualifications membership to deliver CoPE and AoPE. Membership allows centres to purchase materials and access support from ASDAN, including regular mailings and updates.

3. Centre approval


• Centres will need to provide specific policies and procedures and provide additional information in order to be given centre approval.
• Centres are risk rated and all new centres will require a centre approval visit.
• Centres will be required to review and renew a number of centre policies each year.

4. Create a new cohort

• Create a new cohort in the Teaching area of the ASDAN website: asdan.org.uk
• Specify a course co-ordinator and select your expected moderation date.
• Enter the number of learners taking the course, with learner names if known.
• Select student books for your learners.

5. Delivery and assessment


• Create assessment plans for all units being assessed. Centres may be asked to supply  them to ASDAN for validation.
• Deliver the course to candidates, making use of the standards and general guidance and assessment resources.

6. Support


• Autumn term themed support meetings offer CPD opportunities.
• Spring term qualification support meetings offer ongoing support, feedback and opportunities for networking.

7. Internal moderation


• Internally moderate all portfolios to ensure that learners have met the full requirements of the qualification. Ensure that candidates are given adequate time to make any necessary amendments.

8. External moderation


• Book your moderation. Deadline of 30 November for booking moderation within the academic year.
• Confirm your learner names and details.
• Provide the sample portfolios to the external quality assurer (EQA), as requested.
• Moderation may take place as part of a centre visit or be carried out by post.
• Certificates will be sent to your centre within 20 working days of your EQA notifying ASDAN that a successful final moderation has taken place.

Costs

All candidate registration costs shown below are per candidate, unless otherwise stated.

Item Price
Certificate of Personal and Social Effectiveness:   
Level 1 and 2 £29.95
Level 3 £33.25

Products can be purchased below.

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Products

Candidate evidence portfolio 2 hole folder

A sturdy two-hole D-ring binder with a 2-inch spine. Includes a pocket on the spine for student's name and on the inside cover to hold a student workbook. Can be used with any ASDAN course to store students' evidence.

£5.20

Candidate evidence portfolio 4 hole folder

A sturdy four-hole D-ring binder with a 2-inch spine. Includes a pocket on the spine for student's name and on the inside cover to hold a student workbook. Can be used with any ASDAN course to store students' evidence.

£5.70

CoPE Level 3 candidate registration

Candidates should be registered as you begin the qualification. As a guide, for a full year course you should register candidate numbers by the end of October, and for roll-on roll-off courses, registration should be completed within a month of candidates starting.

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

£33.25
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Candidate evidence portfolio 2 hole folder

A sturdy two-hole D-ring binder with a 2-inch spine. Includes a pocket on the spine for student's name and on the inside cover to hold a student workbook. Can be used with any ASDAN course to store students' evidence.

£5.20

Candidate evidence portfolio 4 hole folder

A sturdy four-hole D-ring binder with a 2-inch spine. Includes a pocket on the spine for student's name and on the inside cover to hold a student workbook. Can be used with any ASDAN course to store students' evidence.

£5.70

CoPE Level 3 candidate registration

Candidates should be registered as you begin the qualification. As a guide, for a full year course you should register candidate numbers by the end of October, and for roll-on roll-off courses, registration should be completed within a month of candidates starting.

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

£33.25

CoPE Level 3 student book

This student book can be used to provide the curriculum/challenges for CoPE and AoPE at Level 3 and is provided as part of the CoPE/AoPE candidate registration fee.

Please note: You should only use the shop to purchase a maximum of five student books for staff training purposes. This book is automatically issued to students as part of the candidate registration process. 

To obtain books for your students, your centre must first be registered to run the CoPE/AoPE qualifications and then you should purchase the requisite number of AoPE L3 candidate registrations or CoPE L3 candidate registrations.

£8.75

CoPE Standards with Guidance 2018

The Standards with Guidance is a vital document that describes the standards candidates must meet for each CoPE assessment unit and provides guidance to support these standards at Levels 1, 2 and 3.

All centres registered for CoPE are issued with a copy. This resource is also available for registered CoPE centres to download from the members area of this website.

£8.40
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Course Resources


Helping others at Christmas: Citizenship and community

This PowerPoint can be used to structure a project based around helping others at Christmas, with links to challenges 2A6 and 2B1 from the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE). Learners are asked to investigate potential ways of helping others at Christmas, they then plan and undertake a period of volunteering, community or fundraising work and review their involvement. For example: organising a Christmas fayre to raise funds for charity; volunteering at a homeless shelter; donating presents to overseas children via a shoebox appeal; hosting a social event for local elderly residents.


Evaluation Chart (individual)

This evaluation chart can be used by learners to evaluate a six-week individual activity. Learners are asked to mark on the graph each week to show what they did and how they felt; at the end of the project the learner should join up the marks to give a picture of the whole activity. This resource is particularly suited to challenges in Short Courses, Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold), CoPE and Wider Key Skills.


Evaluation Chart (group)

This evaluation chart can be used by learners to evaluate a six-week group activity. Each member of the group should choose a different colour and mark on the graph each week to show what they did and how they felt. At the end of the project, each group member then joins up their marks to give a picture of the whole activity. This resource is particularly suited to challenges in Short Courses, Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold), CoPE and Wider Key Skills.


Scheme of Work Template

This template can be used to plan and create a Scheme of Work for any ASDAN programme or qualification. Also included is a completed example showing a scheme of work for Module 3 of the Personal Development Programmes.


Self-evaluation template

This generic self-evaluation template can be used by learners to evaluate almost any group activity. Learners are asked to record how they felt about the activity and pick out the best and worst bits, before reflecting on what they could do better next time. This resource is particularly suited to challenges in Short Courses, Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold), CoPE and Wider Key Skills.


Teamwork Health Check

This generic teamwork health check template can support a wide range of group activities. Learners are asked to come up with a list of agreed ground rules for good teamwork, then rate each group member's performance against these criteria. This resource is particularly suited to challenges in Short Courses, Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold), CoPE and Wider Key Skills.