Sports Science

Overview of KS4

Cambridge Nationals in Sport are targeted at 14-16 year olds in a school environment. They’re available as an Award and a Certificate, with the Certificate being the same size as a GCSE. They use both internal and external assessment and meets the DfE’s requirements for attainment tables and headline performance measures. Sport Science helps students appreciate how sports science underpins sport at all levels. They learn about anatomy, physiology, injury prevention, improving personal fitness through appropriate training and diet, and the role of psychology in improving performance.


The Units that you will study and how they will be assessed.

Units Assessment method GLH
R041 Reducing the risk of Sports Injuries Written exam paper 1 hour (60 marks) 30
R042 Applying the principles of training Centre assessed task, OCR Moderated (60 marks) 30
R044 Sport Psychology Centre assessed task, OCR Moderated (60 marks) 30
R045 Sports Nutrition Centre assessed task, OCR Moderated (60 marks) 30


R041: Reducing the risk of sports injuries

Students learn how to prepare participants to take part in physical activity so that they minimise the risk of injuries. They also learn how to respond to common sporting injuries and how to recognise the symptoms of some common medical conditions.

R042: Applying principles of training

Students develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of training and how to keep performers in peak physical condition. They apply practical skills in fitness testing and in designing bespoke training programmes to suit individual requirements.

R044: Sport psychology

Students look at some of the key elements of sport psychology and the strategies and techniques used to help sports performers maintain an effective balance between being relaxed and focused when performing under pressure.

R045: Sports nutrition

Students look at some of the key elements of sports nutrition. Students will consider the component of a healthy, balanced diet. They will also consider the necessity of certain nutrients in particular quantities and the effects of a poor diet. They will reflect upon the roles that diet plays in different sports and activities, and use of the knowledge gained to produce an appropriate, effective diet plan for a performer.


The grades that can be achieved

Sport Studies Grade 1-9 equivalent
L2D* 8.5
L2D 7
L2M 5.5
L2P 4
L1D 3
L1M 2
L1P 1.5


How the course will run

In year 9 you will have 2 lessons additional to your 2 core PE lessons. In the first year of the course, you will have 2 theory lessons. In year 10 and 11 you will have a combination of theory and coursework based lesson alongside your 1 core PE lesson. This will change close to the exam which will be sat in January of year 10. The unit-based lessons will vary from classroom to practical on a week by week basis depending on the progress made.

Curriculum Intent

Please be aware these documents are only draft versions.

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Curriculum Plan

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