Highgrove Education

Sports Psychology

Human sport performance relies on a number of core elements such as physical demand, the chemistry of the body, and the mind.  This elective introduces how psychological factors influence sports and athletics.  We will address key factors such as concentration, self-confidence, motivation and look at how injury or competition loss may affect overall performance.

Private Tuition

Key Information



Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
DepartmentSocial Science
TeacherMs Kelly Fitzsimons, Head of Psychology
Course Length10 weeks 
Live LessonsOne 45-minute lesson per week
HomeworkApproximately half an hour a week 
Entry RequirementsNone 

Course Syllabus

Lesson 1Attitudes to sport
Lesson 2Attribution theory
Lesson 3Goal setting in sport
Lesson 4Self confidence and ffficacy
Lesson 5Aggression in sport
Lesson 6The effects of anxiety and stress on performance
Lesson 7Group and team dynamics
Lesson 8Personality
Lesson 9Leadership
Lesson 10Social facilitation and inhibition theory

Teacher Profile

Ms Fitzsimons has taught Psychology and Sociology for over fifteen years, most recently teaching at Harrow School Online. She has worked as a Head of Psychology at Chelsea Academy and as an Examiner for Psychology for the OCR and Edexcel exam boards. She also has experience educating students on a one-to one basis who could not attend school due to behavioural, medical, or special educational needs. Ms Fitzsimons has authored the Psychology self-study courses for Highgrove Online School.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology and a PGCE from the Institute of Education in London in Social Science.