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News from the Sports Desk

11 March 2016

Wednesday this week, at the IB Parents / Students evening for Year 11s, I met with a large number of students and parents who were interested in the IB Sports Exercise Health Science course which is being offered for September 2016.

The Diploma Programme course in Sports, Exercise and Health Science involves the study of the science that underpins physical performance and provides the opportunity to apply these principles. This is an applied science GROUP 4 course and incorporates the traditional disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition, which are studied in the context of sport, 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 sport, exercise and health relative to the individual and in a global context.

The sports, exercise and health science course is a new course to the British School and is currently only offered to students at Standard Level. Unlike IGCSE PE there is no assessed performance aspect to this course.


The Syllabus

There are 6 Compulsory Components plus two of several Optional Components that will be studied over the two year period. These can be broken down into three different areas:

-       Anatomy and Physiology

-       Psychology

-       Statistical Analysis

Sports, Exercise and Health Science students are also expected to complete Internal Investigations and a Group 4 Science Project.

The final grade is made up in the following way:

·         3 written examination papers – total time 3 hours – worth 76% of final mark

·         Short and long term investigations – total time 30 hours – worth 18% of final mark

·         Group 4 project – total time 10 hours – worth 6% of the final grade

This course is very useful if:

-       You are interested in applied sciences

-       You have an interest in Sport / Sports Science / Sports Coaching

-       You are considering a Liberal Arts degree at University

-       You are looking to do a more general science course at Standard Level

-       You have attained or on target for an A/A* at IGCSE Physical Education

Students should also know that they do not need to have studied ICGSE PE or be a strong performer in a particular sport to be accepted onto this course. I


If parents or students have any further questions regarding this new course please feel free to contact the PE department, or even better still come and have a chat.

The introduction of these new courses is key to the continued commitment by our school to improve access to sport and physical education in all areas of the school.

Thanks for all of your continued support and have a good weekend.

Matt Lennon


Head of PE and Sport