ASDAN Personal Effectiveness suite (Applied General 2016 and 2017)

ASDAN Award of Personal Effectiveness

ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness

  • UK
  • International

The Level 3 Certificate of Personal Effectiveness is a substantial and wide-ranging qualification the purpose of which is to enable candidates to develop and demonstrate a range of personal, key, and employability skills, to broaden their experience and manage their learning in a variety of real life contexts.

It is therefore Applied General in nature, and aims to teach candidates to understand, take responsibility, for and learn from rich activities, rather than simply to experience them. Candidates are required to provide, through these activities, evidence of understanding and skills development against a set of standards. This quantifies and formalises their preparedness to progress into higher education, or employment, or vocational training and apprenticeships.

The qualification is listed on the 16 – 19 performance tables for Applied General qualifications.

Applied General qualifications are recognised by at least three higher education providers.

The Level 3 Award of Personal Effectiveness is a smaller sized qualification with the same purpose as the Certificate described above. However, this qualification does not appear in the 16 – 19 performance tables.

Education context

Following the Wolf review of vocational qualifications in England in 2011, the Department for Education announced a number of characteristics that Level 3 Applied General qualifications have to demonstrate to feature in performance tables from 2016.

As a result, over 90% of the Level 3 qualifications previously recognised in performance tables will not be recognised in 2016 and beyond.

The new characteristics define purpose, size and recognition.

Qualifications to be included in the performance tables from 2018 will have to meet further requirements in respect of content, assessment, and grading.

Qualifications can be included in the 2017 performance tables according to the 2016 (interim) or 2018 (full) requirements.

These qualifications do not meet the full 2018 requirements.

Schools and colleges in the countries listed above deliver the qualifications.

Awarding organisation
Qualification codes
100/3560/6 (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness)
600/2771/3 (Award of Personal Effectiveness)

Certificate of Personal Effectiveness. There are six assessment units, all of which are mandatory:

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

Award of Personal Effectiveness. There are seven assessment units, all of which are optional. Candidates must complete a minimum of three units from:

  • Team working
  • Planning and reviewing learning
  • Tackling problems
  • Research skills
  • Improving skills in preparing and presenting information
  • Learning through work experience
  • Career exploration.
Subject areas

Citizenship, Enrichment activities, Employability

  • Level 3

Pass or Fail.


Portfolio only.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

There are no grades; the portfolio is the only assessment component.

Resit arrangements

Portfolio may be resubmitted.

Guided / notional learning hours notes

Certificate of Personal Effectiveness 100 Guided Learning Hours, 200 hours Total Qualification Time.

Award of Personal Effectiveness 70 Guided Learning Hours, 90 hours Total Qualification Time.

UCAS Tariff points

ASDAN Award of Personal Effectiveness

Grade Points
P 8
Key issues for UK HE admissions

Applied General qualifications are recognised by at least three higher education providers as fulfilling entry requirements to a range of HE courses, either by themselves or alongside other Level 3 qualifications.

Timing of assessments and results

Portfolio moderation can take place at the request of the centre four weeks or more after a candidate entry is confirmed.

Results will be confirmed following portfolio moderation.

Qualification dates notes

This qualification is current.

Certification information

Pass only.

Progression information

Successful candidates progress to a wide variety of HE courses or to employment destinations.