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Work Skills

Inclusion department

Course Leader: Mr D Rodrigues

What is Asdan CoPE?

The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) is a nationally recognised qualification available at Levels 1, 2 and 3. The qualification offers imaginative ways of accrediting young people's activities. It promotes, and allows centres to record a wide range of personal qualities, abilities and achievements of young people, as well as introducing them to new activities and challenges.


Our vision is to educate  the whole person by developing self confidence and  awareness of personal  strengths - whether they be academic or non academic.

Why do we study the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness?

This course focuses on improving students’ soft skills, which are valued  in the world of work alongside academic qualifications:

  • working with others
  • improving own learning and performance
  • planning and problem solving
  • carrying out research
  • communicating through discussion
  • oral presentation skills

 curriculum intent

Our students will: 

  • be confident to seek help and support
  • be able to work effectively as part of a team
  • be confident to stand up and speak in front of a group 
  • be able to contribute meaningfully in discussions
  • have the confidence  to solve problems independently
  • have developed a range of research skills 
  • develop emotional literacy skills in self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, social skills and empathy
  • be willing to risk new challenges in their learning
  • increase their independence in learning and communication
  • become positive role models in their communities and work through their words, actions and values
  • have aspirations for their next steps in education and work

What do we study?

The CoPE curriculum is found in the student book, which comprises 13 modules. The modules are divided into three sections; section A, B and C.

Each section should take at least 10 hours to complete – 10 hours is worth one credit. Students will need 12 credits to gain the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness.

The module titles 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; Combined studies (this module allows you to mix and match a combination of challenges from other modules).

Students complete a short period of work experience at the end of Year 10.


How do we study the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness?

Students will produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their achievements. Students must also demonstrate competence at Level 1 or 2 in the six CoPE skills units:
  • 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 
  • Planning and Giving an Oral Presentation

Presentation of work

All work is kept in a neatly ordered portfolio.

Students’ work is on separate pieces of paper and usually word-processed. This portfolio is presented to the ASDAN awarding body at the end of the course for assessment.

Home learning

 Students are given homework regularly. All home learning  content  is essential learning and needs to be included in the final portfolio.

Co-curricular activities

There are several trips that all students are expected to attend. Students with outside interests can also use the course to pursue these further.



There is no exam. Assessment is continuous throughout the course. This might be through observation or through the final portfolio of work presented.


To view the impact of our curriculum please click here for our latest exam results and here for our student destinations.

Careers Leading on from the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness

This course focuses on developing the soft skills that all employers look for in addition to academic qualifications.

To view more information about our school Careers programme please click here.

 supporting the curriculum

How parents/carers can support their children

Check that home learning is completed on time. Give your child time and space to complete any practical tasks which need to be completed in the home environment. For example life skill tasks such as cooking or carrying out research in the local area.

Recommended Reading

Students are encouraged to read widely.

Keeping up to date with the news via a daily newspaper or websites such as BBC News.