The Olympics highlight the phenomenal levels of finance and scientific support that today’s elite athletes require and Sports Science is specifically designed for those with the desire to understand the science behind their performances.
hen billions of pounds are at stake nothing is left to chance and pupils will be able to study the physiological, psychological and social factors that play such a vital role in the preparation of elite athletes from all corners of the world.
Sports Science has a multi-disciplinary approach and pupils are able to analyse the effects of all three disciplines on performance and participation. Pupils undertaking this subject commence with varying ranges of experience and expertise, but all have a common enthusiasm for and enjoyment of the subject. Although challenging, Sports Science is extremely rewarding and interesting. It provides pupils with the knowledge and skills as to how to maintain fitness levels whilst taking part in life long sport and a scientific insight in to the ever-developing, competitive world of sport.
Sports Science is a compulsory subject in the Shell year and all pupils will undertake practical modules of health related exercise, badminton, swimming, tennis and athletics. As part of their work they will also begin to study theoretical theories and issues that surround sport.
At GCSE Level we follow the AQA syllabus; the theoretical component enables pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of the scientific and social factors affecting performance and participation in sport. In the practical component pupils will gain a variety of skills required to develop and enhance their ability as a performer, coach and official in a range of physical activities.
Through the study of Sports Science at A Level and IB, pupils are able to more specifically analyse the effects of Exercise Physiology, Psychology and Sociology on performance and participation, both at recreational and elite levels. In both courses the emphasis is very much on scientific theory and its application in order to optimise practical performance. Pupils will study in great depth the major Sports Science disciplines of exercise physiology, human anatomy, biomechanics and psychology as part of each course.
During the course of the year pupils will have the opportunity to attend lectures and visit Sports Science institutions in order to observe and undertake laboratory testing procedures. Through this they will be able to witness how the theories learnt in the classroom are directly applied and used to improve the performance of elite athletes.
Head of Department: Becky Drury
|Becky Drury||BSc, University of Leeds|
|Rachel Bellamy||BA, Loughborough University; MA, Open University|
|Nic Bond||BA, Cardiff Metropolitan University|
|Robert Craze||BSc, University of Exeter|
|Lucy Hamblin-Rooke||BSc, St Mary’s University, Twickenham|
|Mark Hanslip||BEd, University of Greenwich|
|Kate Newson||BA, University of Sheffield|
|Francesca Ronan||BSc, Oxford Brookes University|