Sports, exercise and health science

The Sports, exercise and health science course is a standard level (SL) and higher level (HL) subject.

This course lies within Group 4 Experimental sciences.  Group 4 students explore the concepts, theories, models and techniques that underpin each subject area and through these develop their understanding of the scientific method.

SEHS students participate in a compulsory group 4 project.  This collaborative and interdisciplinary exercise provides an opportunity for students to explore scientific solutions to global questions.

Key features of the curriculum and assessment model

  • Available at standard (SL) and higher levels (HL)
  • The minimum prescribed number of hours is 150 for SL and 240 for HL
  • The SEHS course incorporates the disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition, which are studied in the context of sport, exercise and health.
  • A combination of syllabus content and experimental work provides the opportunity for students to acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to apply scientific principles and analyse human performance.
  • The SEHS course has strong international dimensions such as international sporting competition and the international bodies that regulate them. Ethical issues that exist within sporting competitions are considered.
  • The comprehensive curriculum provides excellent preparation for university courses including those specifically related to Sport, Sports Science or Physical Education.
  • Learn more about SEHS in a DP workshop for teachers