On our AQA GCSE PE climbing courses, we structure the course to your needs and make sure that we cover everything you need in the AQA GCSE PE Specifications. At TrekCo we are very aware, as ex-teachers, of the need to optimise the course in order that students may make as much progress as possible in the time available in order to have the best chance to gain good grades.

Delivering an assessment course

The AQA GCSE PE Specifications for Rock Climbing say that climbing can be assessed inside or outside. This could be a mixture of both over the course of a trip; or if for example the weather were especially bad on an outdoor course, it could be changed at short notice by moving in to a wall and assessing the same techniques. At TrekCo we usually run traditional outdoor climbing courses.

These skills are straightforward to teach and for teachers to take video evidence of. At TrekCo we will set up video scenarios so that you are able to show that these techniques have been learned and demonstrated by students. Some of the skills aren’t specific – for example ‘ropework’ which is a general term – however our instructors are very experienced and will ensure that the most important elements are focussed on – for example belaying, tying in correctly and so on.

Some points about the AQA GCSE PE Rock Climbing specifications

10 marks are gained for performing the skills listed. These are:

1 Bottom/top rope climbing, hand/finger/foot jams, 2/3 point contact.
2 Rope work.
3 Overhang/mantle shelf.
4 Traversing.
5 Abseiling.

15 marks are available for ‘Full Context’ which is interpreted as the completion of a climb which is ‘suitably challenging’ for the participant and where they make decisions, use appropriate tactics and techniques etc. Ordinarily in the outdoors, where we run the majority of our courses, this would be the completion of a climb with a grade sufficiently difficult that the student would be able to complete it, but would need to use their skills to the full extent in order to demonstrate techniques learned. In the indoor context it is more likely that we would use a competition as suggested in the AQA specifications; this being far more appropriate in an indoor setting and more akin to the ethos of indoor climbing. Competitions are not normally associated with outdoor climbing.


TrekCo have bibs available for students; you may choose to use your own of course. We will also supply all specialist equipment connected with climbing . When taking part in an assessment teachers need only bring video cameras and the students’ medical forms.

At the time of writing we refer to the Specifications for 2016, found at: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/pe/specifications/AQA-8582-SP-2016.PDF

General information about our GCSE PE Climbing courses can be found at: GCSE PE Climbing in Sussex and the Peak District

Contact us to find out more about GCSE PE Climbing for AQA with TrekCo.