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Sport, Exercise and Health Science

Sport, Exercise and Health Science Course Outline

  • Involves the study of the science that underpins physical performance
  • Incorporates the traditional disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition
  • Students carry out practical (experimental) investigations in both laboratory and field settings, thus giving them an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to apply scientific principles and critically analyse human performance
  • Where relevant, the course will address issues of internationalism and ethics by considering sport, exercise and health relative to the individual and in a global context.

Sport, Exercise and Health Science

Syllabus Component

Core

There are six compulsory topics in the core.

Topic 1: Anatomy

Topic 2: Exercise physiology

Topic 3: Energy systems

Topic 4: Movement analysis

Topic 5: Skill in sports

Topic 6: Measurement and evaluation of human performance

Additional Topics (Higher Only)

Topic 7: Further anatomy

Topic 8: The endocrine system

Topic 9: Fatigue

Topic 10: Friction and drag

Topic 11: Skill acquisition and analysis

Topic 12: Genetics and athletic performance

Topic 13: Exercise and immunity

Options

Students are required to study two options:                   

A. Optimizing physiological performance

B. Physical activity and health

 

Higher Level

Weighting %

Duration

Format and Syllabus Coverage

Paper 1

20

1 hour

40 multiple-choice questions (±15 common to SL plus about 5 more on the core and about 20 more on the AHL)

Paper 2

35

2 hours 15 minutes

Section A: one data-based question and several short-answer questions on the core and AHL topics (all compulsory)

Section B: two extended-response questions on the core and AHL (from a choice of four)

Paper 3

25

1 hour 15 minutes

Several short-answer and extended-response questions (all compulsory) in each of the two options studied

Internal Assessment

20

10 hours

Individual investigation

 

Higher Level

Weighting %

Duration

Format and Syllabus Coverage

Paper 1

20

1 hour

40 multiple-choice questions (±15 common to SL plus about 5 more on the core and about 20 more on the AHL)

Paper 2

35

2 hours 15 minutes

Section A: one data-based question and several short-answer questions on the core and AHL topics (all compulsory)

Section B: two extended-response questions on the core and AHL (from a choice of four)

Paper 3

25

1 hour 15 minutes

Several short-answer and extended-response questions (all compulsory) in each of the two options studied

Internal Assessment

20

10 hours

Individual investigation

Group 4 Project

The Group 4 project is an interdisciplinary activity in which all Diploma Programme science students must participate. The intention is that students from the different group 4 subjects analyse a common topic or problem and work collaboratively in this process. The Group 4 Project typically takes 10 hours of timetabled time and results in a presentation of findings and self-reflection on your contribution to the process.

Who will study SEHS?

SEHS will appeal to students who wish to reflect a strong focus on sports in their academic studies; Science students with an interest in Sports science at BSc level, physiology, physiotherapy, Sports Psychology, or professions allied to medicine (PAMs) such as Physiotherapy. Arts/ humanities focussed students looking for an applied alternative to a pure science discipline at standard level, or any student looking for an applied 2nd science option.