GCSE PE

GCSE PE Courses

Assess your GCSE PE students in a variety of outdoor activities. Whether your exam board is Edexcel, AQA or OCR we can deliver the training & assessment of climbing, orienteering, canoeing & mountain biking.  This leaves you free to support your group, take photo/video evidence or be fully involved in the marking process.

We work with over 90 schools each year and they all say the same thing.

The experience of coming to High Adventure Outdoor Education Centre helps to bond their course, increases the kudos of the GCSE PE course – giving it a higher value within their school, and most importantly of all ensures their students get very strong practical grades.

Assess your GCSE candidates in a variety of outdoor activities with the help of experienced PE teachers. Our staff are well qualified and experienced in teaching and accessing the full range of outdoor activities by all three examination boards:

AQA OCR Edexcel
Mountain Biking Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
Road Cycling Road Cycling Road Cycling
Rock Climbing Rock Climbing Rock Climbing
Orienteering Orienteering Orienteering
Canoeing Canoeing Canoeing

Your candidates can maximise their opportunity to learn and be assessed in several activities. This will give them an excellent opportunity to score well in the practical element of their GCSE course.

Filming/Video Evidence

Cameras are available to hire (at a cost of £10 per group of 12 students), a member of your staff will be responsible for the filming and we will arrange for your footage to be transferred to DVD at the end of  your visit.

Alternatively you can use your own camera and not take advantage of the DVD option.

Case Study

Faringdon Community College in Oxfordshire come to High Adventure Outdoor Education Centre every November, their Party Leader is Mike Pearce – Keystage 4 co-ordinator – PE.  Their GCSE PE students are on the Edexcel syllabus, on their last trip (November 2010) their students (names changed for data protection reasons) attained the following marks:

Name Orienteering Mark Rock Climbing Mark
A Ellerton 9 9
B Buckman 9 10
C Butler 10 9
C Throupe 10 9
D Blower 9 7
D Rogerson 9 9
D Weatherhead 7 8
E Maw 8 7
E Starr 8 7
F Hooker 8 10
F Jones 10 9
G Bester 8 8
G Exon 10 8
H Irving 8 9
H Spencer 8 10
I Jackson 9 7
J Deighton 10 9
J Ferguson 6 8
K Fryers 9 9
K Noades 8 7
L Fairhurst 7 6
M Abbott 7 7
M Doherty 8 6
M Frost 10 10
M Muzzall 9 10
N Evans 10 9
O Best 10 9
O Bowen 7 6
P Hawksworth 7 7
P Short 9 10
R Langan 8 9
R Smith 7 9
R Stapley 10 8
S Scott 9 9
T Benton 9 9
T Clarkson 10 8
T Hargreaves 8 8
T Swan 8 8
W Lucas 8 10
AVERAGE MARK = 8.6 8.4

Looking at Faringdon’s marks, they break down as follows:

No. of students = 39 Orienteering Rock Climbing
No of 10’s = 10 7
No. of 9’s = 10 14
No. of 8’s = 12 8
No. of 7’s = 6 7
No. of 6’s = 1 3
No. of 5’s or less = 0 0

The GCSE PE marks (Edexcel Examination Board) for Faringdon Community College are a typical mark range for all schools visiting High Adventure OEC and for all 3 examination boards: Edexcel, AQA and OCR.

Analysis of ALL schools that came to High Adventure Outdoor Education Centre in the last 12 months (124 schools) is as follows:

Examination Board Average Mark Modal Mark Range
AQA 8.5 (out of 10) 7-10
Edexcel 8.5 (out of 10) 7-10
OCR 22.7 (out of 25) 18-25
Average GCSE Scores 2012
AQA
MTB CL CN OR
8.59 8.25 7.67 9.10
Edexcel
MTB CL CN OR
8.52 8.61 7.73 8.36
OCR
MTB CL CN OR
23.78 21.35 19.51 21.11

We have also carried out a breakdown of several sample schools in terms of the following categories:

Climbing Canoeing Mountain Biking Orienteering
Girls 8.8 7.5 7.7 8.2
Boys 8.6 7.7 8.6 8.2
Sporty but not academic 8.4 7.8 8.7 7.7
Academic but not sporty 8.7 7.3 7.8 8.8

The data seems to show the following:

Girls do well in rock climbing, this is because they tend to be better ‘communicators’ and have a more ‘common sense’ approach, which helps them with aspects such as safety, belaying etc which is an integral part of the climbing syllabus.

Boys are doing better in climbing & mountain biking, previously acquired skills in these areas are thought to be the reasons why.

‘Sporty but not academic’ are doing better in climbing & mountain biking and this is because they are bringing previously acquired skills to these activities.

‘Academic but not sporty’ are doing the best in orienteering & climbing, these are 2 activities where knowledge retention & technical knowledge help to get stronger marks.

Latest GCSE Scores from Jan 2012:

School Date Exam Board MTB CL CN OR
Wilmslow 04/07/2012 AQA 8.65 8.48  7.79
Salendine Nook 08/07/2012 Edexcel 7.67 9.38
Snaith School 20/07/2012 OCR 19.95 21.65 22.17 18.73
Formby High School 19/09/2012 Edexcel 9 7.71
Beckfoot 23/09/2012 Edexcel 7.8 8.71
Queen Elizabeth School 24/09/2012 AQA  9.8
Ashby School 11/11/2012 AQA  9.4 8.42  7.88 9.11
Priory Academy 18/11/2012 AQA  8.94 8.85  8.23
Heart of England 12/10/2012 OCR 20.44 20.11 20.19
Bourne Academy 07/03/2012 AQA  8.15  8.9 8.3 8.5
Dronfield 30/05/2012 Edexcel 8.7  8.1  7.8
Westleigh High School 21/10/2012 Edexcel 8.73 8.6 7.67

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“Warm friendly and very professional hosts made the weekend a huge success. I’d be happy to recommend High Adventure to anyone.”

Roger Williams – Head of PE Clayton High School Staffordshire – 01782 297570
Year 11 GCSE PE Group

“The GCSE residential has become an important & integral part of our PE calendar, we bring 70 students for a week each October. They have consistently gained excellent grades in two areas, this has allowed us to devote more time to other areas of the curriculum. The staff at High Adventure are very professional and work hard to ensure they get the most from our pupils.”

Ian McGowan, Advanced Skills Teacher & Head of PE, Robert Pattinson School, 01522 880636

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