Sport & Exercise Sciences Schools Conference

The Sport and Exercise Science Department pride themselves on the links that they develop with local schools and are particularly pleased to offer an annual Sport and Exercises Sciences Schools Conference for AS and A2 students studying Sport and PE. This multi-disciplinary conference day is designed to support current AS and A2 students with curriculum topics through practical application, offering an informative, valuable and unique applied learning experience, while giving students an insight into what studying Sport and Exercise Sciences is really like.

The day is organised in the form of four workshops for AS/A2 students to attend, each of them with relevance to their current AS and A2 level curriculum, including Physiology, Psychology, Biomechanics and Sociology.

Schools Conference

The schools conference follows an Olympic theme.

The various areas of Sport and Exercise Sciences were tailored towards the AS and A2 syllabus to support students with their studies.

Area: Exercise Physiology

Session: ‘The physiology of Bradley Wiggins: what does it take to win an Olympic gold medal?’

This laboratory practical involved students comparing their physiological responses to cycling to that of current Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins.

Area: Sport and Exercise Psychology

Session: ‘Why is Usain Bolt the fastest but not necessarily the quickest man in the world?’

This session focussed on stimulus response and reaction time.

Area: Biomechanics

Session: ‘Newton’s Olympics: The science behind the performance and the technology!’

Students were introduced to Newton’s Laws and how they influence sporting movement and activities. Students also measured ground reaction forces from participants running, walking and jumping over force platforms. The effects of the movement, speed and footwear were measured and discussed relating to different sporting activities in the context of biomechanical theory of motion.

Area: Sociology of Sport and Exercise

Session: ‘I want to be the best like Jess Ennis! Will there be a sporting legacy from the Olympic Games?’

The session got students to critically evaluate the claims being made within the British media and by officials within sport and the British government that we can expect to have been ‘inspired’ by the Olympics, and that we will build on this inspiration in becoming a more active nation.



The conferences were a great success. We received a really positive response from the students and teachers attending the conference.

“ Thank you for all of your hard work organising the conference - The kids thoroughly enjoyed the day and we are looking forward to participating again next year.”

Jenny Aspinall (PE Teacher, Malbank School & Sixth Form College)

“This was an extremely useful and informative day, every session was well structured and catered to my students needs. I have taken many groups to visit many different Universities and this was by far the best of all of them. Overall a very enjoyable and useful day. Thank you on behalf of Priestly College!”

Priestly College Staff & Students

"I'd like to thank you again for all your efforts yesterday. The feedback from the pupils has been really positive and I'm sure they have a greater understanding of certain topics now with the help of some of the sessions.All the staff involved were excellent and the students/guides gave great advice and answered some of the questions about the uni that our guys didn't want to ask the staff".

Stephen Smith (PE Teacher, Calday Grange Grammar School, Wirral) 

"I just wanted to say a massive thankyou for hosting us the other day, the group had a great time and got a lot out of it. You even managed to convince 2 who weren't thinking about uni to change their minds. Please say a big thankyou to all your team for making us feel welcome, especially the student helpers. Many thanks, and hopefully we will be able to come again next year."

Jim Granger (PE Teacher, The Grove School, Market Drayton)

"The staff had obviously considered the A level specification when putting together these extremely interesting and relevant hands on sessions. The students had a great day, I picked up some good ideas and we will definitely be back next year."

Pat Riley (Head of PE, Birkenhead 6th Form College, Wirral)