The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (COPE) is a nationally recognised qualification outcome of the ASDAN programmes. It is taught by Mr N McParland. 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.
Who is it for?
• Students in Years 11 and 12, either within the whole school PSHE programme or within the option system
• "High effort" students, or those described as Gifted and Talented in Key Stage 3
• Students in Post-16 education, embarking on programmes at Levels 1 and 2
Mr Niall Mc Parland is pictured with pupils that are studying CoPE. Students using specially adopted Goggles that distort your vision and judgement of items as you move around an area. This could be someone who has had too much to drink.
The CoPE Student Book comprises 12 modules, each of which is divided into three sections. Each section should take 10 hours, which is worth one credit. Students will need 12 credits to gain the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness. For CoPE Level 1, challenges can come from Section A, B or C; for CoPE Level 2, at least six of the credits must be chosen from the longer challenges of Sections B and C.
The module titles are:
• Citizenship and Community
• Sport and Leisure
• Independent Living
• The Environment
• Vocational and Diploma Preparation
• Health and Fitness
• Work Related Learning and Enterprise
• Science and Technology
• International Links
• Expressive Arts
• Beliefs and Values
By building 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 many ways this is a continuation of the International Award as CoPE allows students to go much deeper into the challenges they must complete. The standards are higher, and students must show a sound understanding of the processes they are using when undertaking their work. Students review their peers’ contribution to projects and hold an increased level of responsibility for their work. Six challenges at 10 hours each are required to combine CoPE with the International Award to achieve a level 2 qualification.