Some students in Key Stage 4 will be invited to study an alternative pathway. This will involve studying a reduced number of GCSE options, with extra time being devoted to English and Maths. Students on this pathway will also be able to complete an ASDAN qualification.  At Maiden Erlegh Chiltern Edge, students follow the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE). The majority of students will complete this qualification at a level 1, with some gaining the level 2 award. The level 1 qualification is equivalent to a GCSE.


The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness aims to develop students’ life skills and confidence, as well as introducing them to new skills and challenges.


The CoPE curriculum comprises 13 modules.  Each module should take at least 10 hours to complete – 10 hours is worth one credit. Students will need 12 credits to gain the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness.

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; Combined Studies (this module allows you to mix and match a combination of challenges from other modules).

There is no formal examination for the ASDAN qualification. Students will produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their achievements.

Students must also demonstrate competence at Level 1 or 2 in the six CoPE skills units:

  • 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
  • Planning and Giving an Oral Presentation
    More information about the course can be found here:
    Certificate of Personal Effectiveness Level 1 and 2 (