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Course Description

This course aims to provide a solid foundation for those students who follow a recreational or professional sporting pathway and accommodates a range of abilities. It helps to relate authentic real-world application of sporting principles, effects and developments. Students are encouraged to reflect on their past sporting experiences and adapt to new ways of thinking when applying health and fitness analysis.

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How will I be assessed?

The qualification has 2 assessments externally-set by NCFE: one non-exam assessment (NEA) and one written examined assessment.

  • Non-exam assessment (NEA): 60% of the technical award, 88 marks, 22 hour completion time. Internally marked and externally moderated.
  • Examined assessment: 40% of the technical award, 80 marks, 1 hour 30 minute paper. The paper is made up of a mixture of multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-response questions.

What will I learn?



Structure and function of body systems

  • Skeletal system
  • Muscular system
  • Respiratory system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Energy systems

Effects of health and fitness activities on the body

  • Short-term effects of health and fitness activities
  • Long-term effects of health and fitness activities

Health and fitness and the components of fitness

  • Understanding health and fitness
  • Components of fitness

Principles of training

  • Understanding the principles of training
  • Principles of overload

Testing and developing components of fitness

  • Fitness testing
  • Training methods
  • Optimising a health and fitness programme

Impact of lifestyle on health and fitness

  • Lifestyle factors: activity levels, diet, rest and recovery, other factors

Applying health and fitness analysis and setting goals

  • Health and fitness analysis tools
  • Collecting, using, analysing and evaluating data
  • Goal setting

Structure of a health and fitness programme and how to prepare safely

  • Components of a health and fitness programme
  • Health and safety
  • The session plan
  • Warm-up/cool-down
  • Main activity section
  • Reviewing the activity session
  • Timescales and goal setting

What could I do next?

The understanding and skills gained through this qualification could be useful to progress onto an apprenticeship in the health and fitness sector through a variety of occupations that are available within the sector, such as health assistants, fitness instructors or personal trainers. Alternatively, students could progress on to post-16 courses at level 2 or 3 such as sports coaching.