Vocational Certificate in Health and Fitness

This course is designed for students with an interest in health and fitness. It will provide you with experiences of using different training techniques and methods to enable you to use these within further education or apprenticeships.

To be awarded the Vocational Certificate in Health and Fitness, students are required to successfully complete 4 mandatory units. 


Unit 1 Principles of Health and Fitness (internally assessed)

Students will develop an understanding of the main components of fitness and the principles of training.  They will look at the benefits and the effects of exercise on the body’s system.

Unit 2 Healthy Lifestyles (internally assessed)

Students will look at how food and physical activity can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. They will learn the importance of diet and nutrition, and understand how motivation affects participation in physical activity. 

Unit 3 Preparing and planning for Health and Fitness (externally set and marked examination) 

Students will investigate factors that affect a health and fitness plan.  This will enable them to prepare and plan a health and fitness plan to improve their exercise and diet.

Unit 4 Develop a Personal Health and Fitness Programme (internally assessed)

Students will develop and carry out a health and fitness programme.  They will then evaluate the effectiveness of this programme.   

Why study Health and Fitness?

This course is an excellent starting point for a career in the Sport and Leisure industry.  It can lead to you, for example, becoming a sports coach, a personal trainer or a gym instructor.

Year 9

In Year 9, students will experience parts of each unit, which will then give them an overview of how the units link together.

How to do well in Health and Fitness

Practice is the key to any performance.  If students are willing to try new things, experiment and show no fear of failure, they will find that by trial and error their performances will improve.  The more they practise their skills in lessons, the more they rehearse their techniques, and the more they revise their theory, the better they will become.

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