nicas | GCSE


If you run PE classes at a GCSE school or your child is taking his GCSE this year, you will be delighted to learn that EdEXCEL has formally adopted NICAS as their syllabus for the GCSE PE (Indoor Climbing) as part of Adventurous Activities.

As a NICAS Awarding centre, Mountain Extreme delivers NICAS levels 1, 2 and 3. The aim of NICAS is to develop competent climbers and provide a uniformed scheme for climbing development. The NICAS scheme is split into five levels.


Each level progressively introduces skills, knowledge and responsibilities which build upon the previous level.

Candidates receive a colourful log book which guides them through the scheme. Once each level is completed they receive a certificate which is recognised by the ABC and the British Mountaineering Council.



The assessment must enable the student to demonstrate their level of technical ability in order to overcome increasingly demanding and challenging situations and problems.

Students must log and demonstrate climbs that are appropriate for their ability.

As EdExcel states, “Centres who have done their climbing course through a NICAS award can use their course logbook as part of their evidence for moderation”

GCSE candidates who have already achieved levels of NICAS still require a formal assessment under GCSE criteria and must demonstrate the required number of logged climbs showing progression.