GROUP 4 – SPORTS, EXERCISE AND HEALTH SCIENCE

Sports, Exercise and Health Science can, for the first time, in 2017 be studied as a Higher Level Subject.

The course incorporates the traditional disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition, which are studied in the context of sports, exercise and health. Students will cover a range of core and option topics, and carry out practical (experimental) investigations in both laboratory and field settings. This will provide 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 international dimension and ethics by considering sports, exercise and health relative to the individual and in a global context.

Standard Level:

Students study six compulsory topics which are: anatomy; exercise physiology; energy systems; movement analysis; skill in sport and measurement and evaluation of human performance. Students will also study two optional topics from: optimising physiological performance; psychology of sport; physical activity and health; nutrition for sport, exercise and health.

ASSESSMENT (SL)
Internal Assessment
Individual investigations. (20%)
External Examinations
Paper 1: 30 multiple choice questions. (0.75 hours, 20%)
Paper 2: One data-based question and several short answer questions and one extended response. (1.25 hours, 35%)
Paper 3: Several short answer questions in each of the two options studied. (1 hour, 25%)

Higher Level:

In addition to the Standard Level core work, Higher Level students study seven compulsory topics which are: further anatomy; the endocrine system; fatigue; friction and drag; skill acquisition and analysis; genetics and athletic performance and exercise and immunity. Students will also study two optional topics from: optimising physiological performance; psychology of sport; physical activity and health; nutrition for sport, exercise and health.

ASSESSMENT (HL)
Internal Assessment
Individual investigations. (20%)
External Examinations
Paper 1: 40 multiple choice questions. (1 hour, 20%)
Paper 2: One data-based question and several short answer questions and two extended response. (2.25 hours, 35%)
Paper 3: Several short answer and extended-response questions in each of the two options studied. (1.25 hour, 25%)