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ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness

Course Outline

ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) Level 3 is a course for students in post-16 education, to help them to build the skills they will need as they prepare for future study or work.

The Level 3 Certificate of Personal Effectiveness is a substantial and wide-ranging qualification the purpose of which is to enable students to develop and demonstrate a range of personal, key and employability skills, to broaden their experience and manage their learning in a variety of real-life contexts.

It aims to teach students to understand, take responsibility for and learn from activities, rather than simply to experience them. Students are required to provide, through these activities, evidence of understanding and skills development against a set of standards. This quantifies and formalises their preparedness to progress into Higher Education, or employment, or vocational training and apprenticeships.


Students build a portfolio of evidence to show how they have practised and developed six skills by 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 an academic year. Activities are chosen from the following modules:

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

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


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.

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