QQI Exercise & Fitness (Level 5) - 5N2668



  • Course Fee: New Offer – €329.00 which includes all registration, skills day, exam and QQI award Fees. No other fees to Pay!
  • Award: QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Exercise and Fitness (5N2668).
  • NFQ Credit Value: 15 Credits.
  • Delivery Format: Blended Learning Course.
  • Students can complete this course within 3 months which is ample time and can start it at anytime of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.
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Course Description

The aim of this QQI Exercise & Fitness 5N2668 module is to teach knowledge and understanding in the field of Exercise and Fitness. The learner will be introduced to the principal theories of planning and evaluating exercise programmes. They will then be expected to apply these theories in a practical fitness instruction context. This will be enabled when the learner has a detailed understanding of human physiology and how the body works during exercise.

The Exercise and Fitness module will provide learners with specific information on how to interact with people in a fitness environment. You will work through these interactions and interventions and understand how these interactions effect change in athletes. The learner’s goal of improving the health and fitness of clients will be underpinned by the practical learning of exercise to music skills, resistance training, circuit training, floor work and flexibility techniques. With this theoretical and practical understanding of Exercise and Fitness the learner will be confident in the application of techniques in a practical fitness environment.

On final and successful completion, the learners will be able to describe how Exercise programmes can effect change in clients. They will understand the key physiological responses to Exercise and understand desirable and undesirable effects of exercise programmes and how to control the environment to elicit the correct response in each circumstance. The learner will need to adapt different theories and interventions to different clients with varying health circumstances to affect these positive responses.

Finally, this module will prepare the learners for the execution of tests and programmes to create a holistic approach to health and sports performance. After certification the learners will be able to carry out exercise progammes while maintaining a safe environment.


The course is ideal for:

  • Students who wish to receive an internationally recognised certificate at QQI level 5 in a Sports Environment.
  • People involved in the Sports and Leisure Industry looking for an understanding of Exercise & Fitness training and its applications in sporting environments.
  • Coaches looking to complete a qualification to enhance their learning in the Exercise & Fitness field.
  • Athletes and Leisure participants.


QQI Exercise & Fitness Course Duration:

Students can complete this course within 3 months on a part-time basis which is ample time and can start it at anytime of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.


Course Syllabus


Programme Content

  • Unit 1: The Role of The Exercise and Fitness Instructor
  • Unit 2: The Exercise and Fitness Instructor and Fitness Theories
  • Unit 3: Physiology and Exercise Systems
  • Unit 4: Resistance, Circuit, Exercise to Music and Flexibility Training. Developing Training Programmes and Techniques
  • Unit 5: Managing Exercise Sessions.


Entry Requirements / Prerequisites:

  • Level 4 Certificate or Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant life or work experiences.
  • As this programme is delivered through blended learning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
  • There is one attendance day required in Dublin which is normally held on a Saturday in a Gym environment. This attendance day is used to assess the Skills Demonstration element as listed below and also to sit the Theory Exam.
  • If required ITEC provides insurance cover for their learners while on placements. Please ask for details.



Skills Demonstration 50%
Examination (Theory-Based) 30%
Assignment 20%


Skills Demonstration:

In one or more skills demonstrations, candidates will be observed demonstrating, as appropriate, personal technique, instructing exercises and safe and good practice procedures in
the following areas:

  • assistance in field tests to evaluate the health-related components of fitness
  • exercise to music
  • circuit training and flexibility
  • resistance training.



The internal assessor will devise a theory-based examination that assesses candidates’ ability to recall and apply theory and understanding, requiring responses to a range of short answer
and structured questions. These questions may be answered in different media such as in writing or orally.

The examination will be based on a range of specific learning outcomes and will be 1 hour 30 minutes in duration.

The format of the examination will be as follows:

Section A:

  • 12 short answer questions. Candidates are required to answer 10 (1 mark each)

Section B:

  • 3 structured questions. Candidates are required to answer 2 (10 marks each).



Candidates will be required to answer in detail an assignment on the Anatomy and Physiology of the systems used in exercise.



  • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Exercise & Fitness (5N2668) from QQI.
  • QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. ITEC is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards on the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland. Click here for details of the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Registration Fees are included in the course price.



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