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Earn UCAS points through ASDAN

Volunteer writes at her placement in Arusha

As the official curriculum and qualification provider, ASDAN equips learners to thrive in 21st century education, work and life.

Upon successful completion of the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness or Award of Personal Effectiveness, for example, you can earn up to 16 UCAS points. These points can, in turn, be used towards your university application. So, if you want to stand out from the crowd, boost your points score, or add another dimension to your resume, these certificates are perfect for you.

All of our volunteering programmes are now fully accredited with the following qualifications and programmes:

Qualifications / Programmes UCAS Points Qualification Level Referred to as a Total hours involved
Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) 16 3 Qualification 150
Award of Personal Effectiveness (AoPE) 8 3 Qualification 80
Universities Award N/A N/A Programme (receive a certificate at the end) 120


  1. 16 UCAS Points under the new points structure is equivalent to a B at AS-level.
  2. When referring to “total hours involved” this is not volunteer hours. Hours are made up of different activities done to complete the modules, which can be before, during and after the trip.
  3. The minimum project duration is 2 weeks to participate for any of the qualifications/programmes.

How to get more UCAS points through volunteering

It’s no secret; when applying for summer jobs or for a place at university, your application needs to be of exceptional quality. It is more important than ever to be able to draw on your own experiences in interviews.

Volunteering abroad, in this way, can improve your confidence, build your work skills, help you gain knowledge on a new subject, and provide you with the chance to travel. More importantly, you can also make a big difference to the lives of the people you volunteer to help. Even a small commitment can have a lasting effect on an organisation and the people it represents.

As a fully accredited centre for offering ASDAN short courses, Projects Abroad now offers to help you build the skills you need.

How do students complete the ASDAN CoPE/AoPE Level 3?

Volunteer is assisted by a Projects Abroad ASDAN tutor

Much of the work needed to complete each respective award involves building a portfolio of evidence to show how you have practised and developed the necessary skills, while completing a selection of activities from a student book.

Rest assured, your Projects Abroad ASDAN tutor will guide you through a full copy of the standards. Providing key information on how to interpret and implement the required unit standards.

What should I consider?

A number of universities and other higher education institutions say that CoPE/AoPE level 3 can contribute to entry requirements for a range of courses, alongside other level 3 qualifications. You should check with the department offering the course that they will consider CoPE/AoPE as part of your application. Not every school and college will, so you’ll need to ensure it’s on offer at the place you’re applying to, or talk to them about the possibility of introducing it.

What we offer

With numerous options to choose from, our projects are varied, packed with adventure, and cultural awareness to ensure students have an enriching learning experience and head home with a wealth of new experiences, friends and memories, which will ultimately influence their futures.

Projects Abroad is on hand to support and guide you through your ASDAN qualification.

If you’re thinking of gaining a qualification with us and you would like to discuss your options further, why not give us a call on 021 671 7008, or drop us an email at

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