IB Sports Exercise and Health Science (SL and HL)

Course Summary

The course 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 investigations in both laboratory and field settings.

Core topics (compulsory)

  • Anatomy
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Energy Systems
  • Movement Analysis
  • Skill in Sport
  • Measurement and Evaluation of Human Performance

Higher level topics (only studied if HL route is taken)

  • Skin System
  • Structure and Function of the Brain
  • Endocrine System
  • Fatigue
  • Friction and Drag
  • Pedagogy for skill
  • Notation
  • Genetics and athletic performance
  • Exercise and Immunity

Options (two from the following)

  • Optimizing physiological performance
  • Psychology of Sport
  • Physical activity and health
  • Nutrition for sport, exercise and health


Students do not> have to have studied PE at GCSE, however a minimum of a Grade 7 at GCSE Biology will be required. Due to the theoretical nature of the course sporting ability is not necessary. An interest in sport is more beneficial!

Potential careers

The course is suited to a wide range of students; obviously those interested in sport or pursuing a career in Sports Science, Physiotherapy or Sports Medicine.

Contact for further information

Mrs K Pratt: kxp@wellingtoncollege.org.uk