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Group 4 - Sciences

IB Sports, Exercise and Health (SEHS)

Year-Long Elective Unit


There are no prerequisites for this course. 

Course Description and Aims

Sports, exercise and health science (SEHS) is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigative skills. It is an applied science course within group 4, with aspects of biological and physical science being studied in the specific context of sports, exercise and health. Moreover, the subject matter goes beyond the traditional science subjects to offer a deeper understanding of the issues related to sports, exercise and health in the 21st century. Apart from being worthy of study in its own right, SEHS is a good preparation for courses in higher or further education related to sports fitness and health and serves as useful preparation for employment in sports and leisure industries.

Key feautures 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.



Curriculum Model Overview

Component Standard Level Higher Level


  • Anatomy
  • Exercise physiology
  • Energy systems
  • Movement analysis
  • Skills in sport
  • Measurement and evaluation of human performance

Additional Higher Level (AHL)

  • Further anatomy
  • The endocrine system
  • Fatigue
  • Friction and drag
  • Skill acquisition and analysis
  • Genetics and atheltic perfomance
  • Exercise and immunity


Two options from the following four

  • Optimising physiological perfomance
  • Psychology of sports
  • Physical activity and health
  • Nutrition for sports, exercise and health

Practical Work


Group 4 Projects

Individual investigations (internal assessment)




Assessment at a Glance - Standard Level

Type of Assessment Format of Assessment Time
Final Grade (%)
External   3 80
Paper 1  Syllabus content: Core Assessment objectives 1 and 2 - 30 multiple-choice questions on the core syllabus. (30 marks) 0.75 20
Paper 2

Syllabus content: Core Assessment objectives 1–3 (50 marks)

Section A: Students answer one data-based question and several short-answer questions on the core (all compulsory). (30 marks)

Section B: Students answer one extended-response question on the core (from a choice of three). (20 marks) 
1.25 35
Paper 3 Syllabus content: Options Assessment objectives 1–3 Several short-answer questions (all compulsory) in each of the two options studied. (40 marks) 1 20
Internal   10 20
Internal assessment/Practical work This component is a mixture of short- and long-term investigations (42 marks), the Group 4 project (10 hours), which is an interdisciplinary project. Assessed for personal skills (PS) only. (6 marks)

Investigations – 30 hours

Group 4 Project – 10 hours


Assessment at a Glance - Higher Level

Type of Assessment Format of Assessment Time
Final Grade (%)
External   4.5 80
Paper 1  40 multiple-choice questions. 1.0 20
Paper 2

Data-based, short answer question.

HL - extended response questions.

Section A: one data-based question and several short answer questions on the core and AHL topics

Section B: two extended response questions on the core and AHL (from a choice of four). 

2.15 35
Paper 3

Several short answer questions in each of the two options.

HL - additional extended response questions. 

1.15 25
Internal   10 20
Individual investigation Covers objectives 1,2,3 and 4.  10 20