The Asdan COPE Award

Certificate of Personal Effectiveness

This is a course designed to help students develop and demonstrate a range of skills, including core and wider key skills. It will be offered at Level 1 and if fully achieved students gain a Grade E equivalent points score at GCSE.

The areas covered by the COPE are:

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

The course is assessed by a portfolio of evidence.

The school will decide on appropriate areas to offer students as well as considering additional areas linked to interest and expertise.  There will be obvious links between both courses that are offered.


Work Skills

The aim of the course is to prepare the students for life beyond the classroom, both in the workplace and the wider environment.  An emphasis on self-development and self-awareness equips students with the ability to understand their own strengths and weaknesses and provides them with opportunities to improve their own performance.

The following topics of study are available:

  • Personal Action Planning
  • Personal Finance
  • Making Career Choices
  • Applying for Jobs and Courses
  • Relationships, Behaviour & Practices in the Workplace
  • Personal Safety
  • Being a Critical Consumer

The unit is assessed through a portfolio of evidence.