Students given sporting opportunity

Preparing students for higher education with  learning experiences to stretch and challenge them are part of the curriculum at Alton College. A group of first year A Level PE students visited the University of Portsmouth where they had an opportunity to take part in several exercise physiology tests in their Sports & Exercise Science labs. The students participated in two workshops; firstly ‘How VO2 Max is measured using direct gas analysis.’ VO2 max is a measure of the maximum volume of oxygen that an athlete can use. It is measured in millilitres per kilogramme of body weight per minute. In this workshop, the students also discussed lung volumes and blood lactate sampling. In the second workshop, students explored using grip strength, rate of perceived exertion and limb kinematics to optimise workforce potential for climbing.

The students found the trip extremely beneficial, Lily Wilson, previously at Amery Hill School explained; 'The trip to Portsmouth University was so worthwhile! We have learnt so much valuable knowledge in only our first week of being at college. We were able to do things such as look at blood lactate and monitor vo2 levels. It was such a bonus to be able to be so hands on and look at things in a real life situation, it made the experience so beneficial.' Whilst Kyle Francis, previously at Lord Wandsworth College said; 'The trip to Portsmouth University gave us the chance to take part in real high-quality experiments with industry standard equipment. These were great experiments to try and a rare opportunity which I'm grateful to have been given by the College.’

Find out more about studying Physical Education at Alton College here or visit us at our next Open Evening on Tuesday 7 November, 6:00-8:30pm.