Sports Science KS4

 Sport Science

Cambridge National

Examination Board



Written Exam- R041- Reducing the risks of Sports Injuries- 1 Hour written Paper. 25%

Non-Exam Assessment:

Students will complete 3 written coursework sections these include:

R042: Applying principles of training (Mandatory)

R043: The body's response to physical training

R046: Technology in sport

R044: Sport psychology

R045: Sports nutrition

What will you learn?

R041: Reducing the risk of sports injuries

  • Preparing participants to take part in physical activity so that they minimise the risk of injuries.
  • Responding to common sporting injuries
  • Recognising the symptoms of some common medical conditions.

R042: Applying principles of training

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of training and how to keep performers in peak physical condition.
  • Apply practical skills in fitness testing and in designing bespoke training programmes to suit individual requirements.

R043: The body’s response to physical activity

  • Explore how the body changes and responds to physical activity.
  •  Knowledge and understanding of the musculoskeletal and cardio-respiratory systems and some of the changes that occur in response to physical activity, both short term and long term.

R044: Sport Psychology

  • Key elements of sport psychology
  • Strategies and techniques used to help sports performers maintain an effective balance between being relaxed and focused when performing under pressure.

R045: Sports Nutrition

  • Role that diets plays in different sports and activities
  • Importance of a healthy, balanced diet that includes essential nutrients in the correct quantities.
  • Produce an appropriate, effective diet plan for a performer.

R046: Technology in Sport


  • Explore various technologies used in sport to enhance performance and the experience of sport both for performers and for spectators.
  • Career opportunities that the use of technology presents.
  • Arguments both for and against the increasing use of technology in sport.









Who is this course for?


The OCR Cambridge National course is about understanding how performance can be improved through theoretical application. This underpins the world of sport, recreation, health and fitness. It is hoped that the course supports the core PE programme in developing lifelong understanding of the importance of a healthy active lifestyle. The aims of the subject content are that candidates will acquire knowledge and understanding of the different factors that affect performance and participation in physical activities. Also, the fitness and health benefits associated with taking part in physical activity. Students also study scientific topics such as the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and how they react and change to regular training.

What happens when you finish? (Career Pathways)


This course provides the knowledge, understanding and skills for students to progress to: academic qualifications, such as A Level Physical Education, level 3 vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Nationals, and employment within the sports and active leisure industry such as junior roles working in the health and fitness industry.

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