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Cambridge National Sport Science

Mathematics - Year 7

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Physical Education for students who have chosen Sport Science, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

Subject Key Concepts

As this is a new course for September 2023, these are still to be decided.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mr Bradley if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

Which exam board will students be examined by?


How are groups organised?

We organise classes by mixed ability.  The students have five one-hour lessons per fortnight.

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

The most successful students in this subject will enjoy learning about the human body and the many biological processes it undergoes.  To be successful in this subject you must be highly effective at managing your time, both inside and outside of school, and meeting regularly coursework deadlines.  Keeping on top of homework is an essential skill to being successful in this course. 

How will students learn at this level?

  • Recording progress through googledocs or low stakes tests
  • Homework booklets
  • Learning through the physical
  • Using the internet and key documents to support your learning
  • Observing your peers
  • Trial and error
  • Building and constructing models of various body systems

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

Students will study three units, two of which are compulsory and one of which is a choice from two others.  Compulsory unit 1 is Reducing the risk of sports injuries and dealing with common medical conditions.  This unit is assessed through an external written exam.  The exam includes short and longer answer questions.  Compulsory unit 2 is Applying the principles of training: fitness and how it affects skill performance.  This unit is assessed through coursework.  The other two optional units are The body’s response to physical activity and how technology informs this and Nutrition and sports performance.  Both units are assessed through coursework too. 

When do key assessments take place?

Written examination assessments take place each January and June, whilst coursework deadlines are frequent throughout the duration of the course.

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

Encourage your child to work on google docs, attempt additional questions from the homework booklet (which they should answer, mark and correct themselves), watch additional tutorial videos from various providers on YouTube, attend one PE support session each week, purchase PE specific revision/teaching resources and ask for help if they are unsure.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

Essential school equipment items.

How does this subject link to other subjects?

This subject links specifically to the following subjects:

  • GCSE Biology
  • GCSE Combined Science
  • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • GCSE Media Studies
  • GCSE Psychology

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?




What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

Coursework drop-in support sessions at lunchtime/afterschool.

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

This course will allow your child to have many career options and not just one associated to sport/physical activity.

What does student work look like in this subject at this level?

As this is a new course for September 2023, we are awaiting assessment materials and examples of student work.

How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?

This subject links to a wide range of other subjects.  It is where students can apply their knowledge. 

We have mixed ability classes, so students gain teacher and peer support. In addition, students can show a range of abilities through written coursework and examined units.

Traditional core written skills are applied during the coursework and extended writing tasks within the exams.

How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?

All of these key habits are developed throughout the course as you master how to manage your time by meeting regular deadlines. 

The course itself and the content delivered also allows for you think creatively as you consider how to deal with injuries and medical conditions, as well as how to plan various sessions for clients.

How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?

The qualification will help you to develop learning and skills that can be used in other life and work situations, such as:

  • Completing research
  • Working with others
  • Planning training programmes
  • Evaluating and making recommendations to help improve performance
  • Creating and delivering presentations
  • Writing reports
  • Leadership skills
  • Healthy living and lifestyle skills