Gap year activity ‘will help with UCAS points’

A new qualification will allow applicants for UK universities to get credit for their gap year activities.

The new Certificate of Personal Effectiveness, introduced by the qualifications body ASDAN, is worth 70 points in the UCAS admissions system at level three – the same as an A grade at AS-level but only half an A grade at A-level.

The CoPE requires students to work under six module headings: global awareness, enrichment activities, work-related activities, active citizenship, career planning and extended project.

They get five credits for 50 hours’ activity, and 15 credits from three different modules are necessary to complete the qualification.