Mrs E. Murphy

Mrs M. Gavin


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

What will I study?

Year 11 will study Unit 2 (Personal Development) and Unit 3 (Employability)

Unit 2 (20%) (Personal Development) content includes

  • Personal health and wellbeing
  • Emotions and reactions to life
  • Relationships and sexuality
  • Personal safety and well being
  • Responsible parenting
  • Financial decisions


Unit 3 (20%) (Employability) content includes

  • Impact of Globalisation
  • Preparation for Employment
  • Rights and responsibilities of employers and employees
  • Social responsibility of businesses
  • Exploring self employment
  • Personal career management

Year 12 (20%) will study Unit 1 (Local and Global Citizenship) and Unit 4 (40%)(Controlled Assessment Investigation)

Unit 1 (Local and Global Citizenship)

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Rights and responsibilities: Local and Global Issues
  • Government and civil society
  • Democracy institutions
  • Roles of NGOs

Unit 4 Investigative Controlled Assessment

One 5 part controlled assessment investigation task which will be completed during Year 12 – 40%