Level 3 Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (2010)

The CCEA Level 3 Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) rewards the achievement of young people who take part in a variety of activities that develop personal, key and employability skills.

Teachers and parents have always recognised that learning is not just about what happens in the classroom. Learning outside the classroom can also contribute significantly to personal development.

CoPE provides a framework for the development, assessment and accreditation of skills achieved through a wide range of enrichment activities. We have worked closely with relevant bodies supporting these activities to ensure that CoPE appeals to young people. Learners can obtain recognition and accreditation while at the same time giving something back to their community.

Assessment is through internally assessed portfolios; there are no external written examinations.

CoPE includes the modules and challenge options listed below. See the specification for full details of the qualification structure and possible options.

Module 1: Active Citizenship
Challenge A: Community action
Challenge B: Community placement

Module 2: Work Related Activities
Challenge A: Work experience
Challenge B: Business enterprise

Module 3: Career Planning
Challenge A: Career options
Challenge B: Application for higher education

Module 4: Global Awareness
Challenge A: International travel and experience
Challenge B: Global research

Module 5: Enrichment Activities
Challenge A: Skill development
Challenge B: Leisure pursuits

Module 6: Research and Presentation Skills
Challenge A: Research project
Challenge B: Presentation skills.

Current Specification

Subject Code: N/A

Skills developed through the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness

One of the key aims of this qualification is to enable learners to develop and demonstrate a range of skills leading to personal effectiveness. They need to complete a number of activities or challenges to develop these skills.

To meet the specification requirements, learners must demonstrate evidence of skills development to Level 3 in the following six areas:

  • Introduction to working with others
  • Introduction to improving their own learning and performance
  • Introduction to problem-solving
  • Planning and carrying out a piece of research
  • Communicating through discussion
  • Planning and giving an oral presentation.

For more information on this specification contact:

Crea McCormick
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2239
Nuala Tierney
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2292