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The HPU provides opportunities for college and sixth form students to apply their sport science knowledge in a practical laboratory environment. The aim of the sessions is for students to have the chance to link their theoretical knowledge to current practical test procedures regularly conducted in sport science laboratories.


The sessions accommodate group levels of understanding and requirements of a diverse range of curriculums. Each session includes an introduction and general overview of the topic area followed by opportunities for pupils to conduct and take part as subjects in sport science tests. The session take place under the close supervision of a sport scientist, in a safe lab environment.




Measuring a standing long jump in the lab

Standing long jump is one of many tests conducted on our specialist Gifted and Talented testing days


‘The college sport’s department find the HPU teaching sessions a powerful academic learning tool for our 2nd year students, it also allows the student to understand what is required to achieve success at the performance end of competition and gives them an insight into possible areas of university study which may enhance their future careers.

Steve Spencer
BTEC Sport Manager
Writtle College




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