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The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness is a nationally recognised qualification. The qualifications offer imaginative ways of accrediting young people’s activities. They promote, and allow 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.

Students are required to build 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.

In total students must attain 12 credits by completing a number of challenges from their COPE student book. Challenges can be completed in a number of different Modules from the list below.

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

Assessment is 100% portfolio based

The work of students at St. John’s has been acknowledged through the school receiving an ASDAN Certificate for “Centre of Excellence”. This was in recognition of outstanding practice in running ASDAN courses during 2015-16


Certificate of Personal Effectiveness, Level 3 awarded by CCEA is a programme offered to our Post 16 group.

COPE Level 3 is recognised in the National Qualifications Framework.

NQF Level: 3

Assessment requirements: Internally assessed portfolio

UCAS tariff:   70 pts

The aims of the qualification are to enable candidates:

  • to develop and demonstrate a range of personal, key and employability skills leading to personal effectiveness;
  • to broaden their experience and manage learning through enrichment activities;
  • to receive formal recognition and accreditation for the above.

To be eligible for the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness candidates must complete three challenges, through which evidence of skills development in six areas is demonstrated to Level 3. The six skills areas are:

WO Introduction to Working with Others*

LP Introduction to Improving Own Learning and Performance*

PS Introduction to Problem Solving*

R Planning and Carrying Out a Piece of Research

D Communicating Through Discussion

OP Planning and Giving an Oral Presentation


Students must choose three structured challenges from:

  • Active citizenship
  • Work related activities
  • Career planning
  • Global awareness
  • Enrichment activities
  • Research and presentation skills

 Assessment is 100% portfolio based

Current GCSE Result 100% A*-C

What will I study?

Local and Global Citizenship Personal Development Employability

Diversity and inclusion in Northern Ireland and the wider world

Rights and responsibilities regarding local, national and global issues.

The role of society and government in safeguarding human right

Non-government organisations

Key democratic institutions and their role in promoting inclusion, justice and democracy


Maximising and sustaining health and well being

Concept of self

Building and maintaining healthy relationships

Recognising, assessing and managing risk

Understanding the roles and responsibilities of parenting

Developing competence as discerning consumers

The impact of globalisation on employment,

Recruitment and selection practices for employment

Rights and responsibilities of employers and employees

Issues of self-employment and sources of support

Key Skills developed

This specification provides opportunities for students to develop evidence for assessing the following nationally recognised Key Skills:

  • Application of Number
  • Communication
  • Improving Own Learning and Performance
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Problem-Solving

How will I be assessed?

  • Learning for Life and Work: Modular
  • Five units in total (two controlled assessment tasks/reports and three modular examinations – one for each of the three areas of content).
  • Three modular exams worth 13.3% each Employability, Local and Global Citizenship and Persona Development
  • Two pieces of Controlled Assessment worth 30% each

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