A Level Revision & Outdoor Activity Residentials

The DofE Residential is completed as part of the Gold Award and should be an exciting opportunity, away from home and sharing in an activity with people you haven’t met before. Click here to find out more about the residential section. We run residentials throughout the year combining A Level revision with fun outdoor activities. We know that Years 12 and 13 can be very pressurised and quite stressful as you work hard to do well in your A levels as well as complete UCAS applications and gain a place at University. The aim of our residential is for YOU to achieve these 5 things:

  • gain confidence in your A Level subjects through quiet, focused and supported revisionResidential
  • gain plenty of exercise in a fun atmosphere and beautiful location
  • eat really well – meals will be an important shared experience for all the group
  • sleep really well – research proves that this aids mental retention and concentration
  • make new friends

The Sleep Council advises teenagers that these 9 things can help you get through revision weeks: being prepared, sleeping well, eating well, getting physical, prioritising, practising relation, changing your scenery, socialising and positive self-talk. We can’t promise you all A*s, but we will do everything we can to give you a productive and confidence-boosting 5 days away.

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We have two fantastic places that we stay in: a modern and spacious converted barn on a working farm in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park and an outdoor centre in the Peak District National Park, situated in glorious isolation high above Ladybower Reservoir, with stunning views down and across the valley. Sleeping arrangements will be in single sex dorms, all with bedding and towels provided. All of our meals are freshly prepared every day and will be eaten together in a comfortable dining room. All outdoor equipment will be provided and there is a room for wet and muddy kit. Each day will involve a physical activity outside such as mountain biking, climbing, trekking and bushcraft skills, a morning or afternoon revision session with one of the teachers and the choice of further quiet revision time in the evening or a shared group activity such a cooking, quiz, games etc… We also often have a talk one of the evenings by a relevant speaker or the local Mountain Rescue Team.





DateA Level SubjectLocationSpaces Available
23-27 October 2017MathsBrecon BeaconsGuaranteed to run 3 spaces left
12-16 February 2018MathsThe Peak DistrictNOW FULL
12-16 February 2018PhysicsThe Peak District3 spaces left for boys (girls’ dorm is full!)
9-13 April 2018MathsThe Peak District13 still available
9-13 April 2018Multi-revision (any subject)The Peak District14 still available

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If you would like to secure your place please email Emma on info@first4adventure.co.uk. The cost for the full 5 days which includes all accommodation, food, equipment, tuition and activities is £450. A deposit of £100 will be required upon booking with the remaining amount to be paid 14 days prior to the course. Upon booking a kit list will be sent to you along with a medical form and booking sheet to complete, which will also require you to complete some specific information on your A Level subjects, topics and areas of concern.

This is some of the team that may be looking after you during the week:

ANDY ROWLINSON: Andy is one of the company owners and leads expedition all over the UK and worldwide. He is extremely experienced in working with young people and leading DofE expeditions, walking, mountaineering, cycling and climbing trips.

EMMA MARTIN: Emma is the other company owner, with 20 years of teaching experience. She also leads UK trips for DofE and walking expeditions.

DR SUE HILLS: Sue is a highly experienced Maths teacher, including teaching Maths, Pure Maths and Further Maths at A Level. She is a current practising teacher as well as an enthusiastic hill walker, DofE helper and participant in all things outdoor and active!

JANE ALEXANDER: Jane has over 30 years of teaching experience, both in state and private schools. Her career includes being Head of English, Head of Sixth Form and Head of Careers as well as a Senior AQA English examiner. Following recent retirement, Jane is busier than ever as a careers consultant and enjoying all things sporty and active!

ADAM CHAPPELL:  Adam was a science teacher with over 20 years experience, including being Head of Science for 10 years specialising in physics at A-level.  He is now a professional magician (The Great Adamos) and eats a lot of cake!