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Certificate of Personal Effectiveness – COPE

The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (COPE) is a nationally recognised qualification provided by the Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network (ASAN). This is an exciting course that engages all of the students who undertake it. It is run by Mr Bassett who is happy to discuss the course in detail with parents. The qualification offers imaginative ways of accrediting students’ skills and attributes. It promotes and encourages the  development of a wide range of personal qualities, abilities and achievements and introduces students to new activities and challenges.

This qualification is offered to a small number of students that the school feels would benefit from this more vocational course and takes up two GCSE option choices. Students who successfully complete the course gain the equivalent of a GCSE grade.

20150203_114626During the course, students are involved in a number of out of school activities in addition to the practical and theoretical tasks undertaken in school. There is no exam but a portfolio of evidence is kept, recording all the challenges undertaken. In order to complete the qualification students must gain twelve credits across a variety of activities. These include life skills ranging from communication, sport and leisure, and the environment, to vocational preparation, independent living, and health and fitness.

Evidence within the following skills areas is necessary to complete a Portfolio and gain the award:

  • Working with others
  • Improving self- learning and performance
  • Problem solving
  • Planning and carrying out a piece of research
  • Communication through discussion
  • Planning and giving an oral presentation.
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