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Higham Lane School

Higham Lane School

PE - Sport Vocational



The Cambridge National in Sports Science is assessed through one exam and two controlled assessment units. The exam is on reducing the risk of sports injuries and dealing with common medical conditions (R180). The two controlled assessment units are on applying the principles of training (R181) and nutrition and sports performance (R183).

In Year 9 and Year 10, pupils will complete units for R181 (30% of overall grade) and R183 (30% of overall grade). Within R181 pupils will complete controlled assessments on the components of fitness, training methods, fitness testing and training principles. Alongside this, they will complete controlled assessment units for R183 on characteristics of a balanced diet, the role of nutrients in sport, dietary requirements and developing a balanced nutrition plan for a selected sport activity.

During Year 11, students will learn the content for their examination based unit (R180 – 40% of overall grade). They will learn about types of sport injuries, injury treatment, extrinsic and intrinsic factors contributing to reducing the risk of injuries and a range of common medical conditions. They will sit the examination based unit during year 11.


What Qualifications Will You Obtain? 

The course will lead to a Cambridge Nationals Level 2 Certificate in Sport Science, which is equivalent to 1 GCSE at grades 9-4. It is graded at Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. Those students who make less than expected progress may be awarded a Level 1 Cambridge Nationals Certificate in Sport Science (which is equivalent to grades 3-1 at GCSE). 

Please note that if you choose PE or Sport Science as an option, we will advise you as to the most appropriate qualification (GCSE PE or Cambridge Nationals) for you. 

For further information, please contact your PE Teacher, Miss Chinn, Subject Leader for PE or Ms Slater, PE teacher. 


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