Cambridge National Sport Science

The Cambridge Nationals in Sport Science offers learners the opportunity to study key areas of sports science including anatomy and physiology linked to fitness, health, injury and performance, the science of training and application of training principles in sport and sports performance.

There are 4 units – Injury, Fitness, Physiology, Nutrition

Mainly coursework based…..Hard work = the grade you deserve!  Leads directly onto A-level PE

Equivalent to a GCSE qualification

75% Coursework

25% Exam

At Key Stage 4 PE there is now the opportunity to study the Cambridge National Sport Science Level 2 Certificate. It is equivalent to a GCSE qualification but differs in that it is primarily assessed via coursework that you will add to during each lesson. That means that this course is not so heavily weighted on final exams, but is more focused on the amount and quality of work that you can complete over the 3 year course. It involves some practical elements too and leads directly on to A-Level PE here at The Polesworth School or other post-16 courses at other institutions. Please see below for more information about each of the 4 units of the course:

Unit 1 Injury – 1 hour exam

You will know how to prepare participants to take part in physical activity in a way which minimises the risk of injuries occurring, how to react to common injuries that can occur during sport and how to recognise the symptoms of some common medical conditions, providing a good foundation to undertake formal first aid training and qualifications.

Unit 2 Fitness – Coursework and Practical

You will know the principles and methods of training and the application of these in the design of training programmes along with practical skills in fitness testing.

Unit 3 Physiology – Coursework

You will understand key aspects of the structure and function of the musculo-skeletal and cardio-respiratory systems and investigate some of the changes which occur to them in response to short and long-term physical activity.

Unit 4 Nutrition – Coursework

You will consider the composition 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 role that diet plays in different sports and activities, and use the knowledge gained to produce an appropriate, effective diet plan for a performer.


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The knowledge that candidates gain on Cambridge National Sport Science will be invaluable for those choosing to study A-level PE or follow a Physical Education related career. Here are just a few careers paths you could follow:

Physiotherapist; Sports official (e.g. referee/umpire); Sports Manager; Sports Medic; Fitness instructor; Personal Trainer, Dietician/Nutritionist; Coach; Teacher; Lecturer; Choreographer; Sports Administrator; Sports Psychologist; Sports Technologist; Professional Sportsperson; Sports Journalist; Biomechanist; Sports Photographer; Marketing (Leisure or Sport); Healthcare professional; Massage Therapist.

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Also, employers from different sectors (business, medicine, law, science, media) highly value a PE qualification because of the skills learnt through PE; teamwork, communication, respect, desire to succeed.  Candidates will also gain invaluable knowledge and understanding that will enable them to lead a healthy life.

Cambridge National Sport Science is open to all students on the T, P and S pathways. Please come to see us at the curriculum evening and speak to any member of the PE department if you want to know more about Cambridge National Sport Science or GCSE Dance.

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