Health and Fitness GCSE

About the Course

This is a nationally recognised level 1 / 2 qualification (GCSE equivalent) that has a vocational focus on the health and fitness industry. This qualification is designed for learners with an interest in health and fitness.  It provides students with the knowledge and skills to progress onto further study and employment in the health and fitness industry.

Exam Board

NCFE V Cert This will suit students who prefer to show their understanding through coursework which is internally assessed through a portfolio of evidence (60% of the qualification).  The second part of the qualification is externally assessed through an exam (40% of the qualification). Overall a student can achieve a Level 1 or 2 at Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* grade.

Course Content

The content is delivered through Unit 1
  • Understand the structure and function of body systems and how they apply to health and fitness
  • Understand the effects of health and fitness activities on the body
  • Understand health and fitness and the components of fitness
  • Understand the principles of training
  • Understand the impact of lifestyle on health and fitness
  • Understand how to test and develop components of fitness
  • Understand how to apply health and fitness analyses and set goals
  • Understand the structure of a health and fitness programme and how to prepare safely

Beyond the Classroom

Progression onto a level 3 qualification in sport, health and fitness. These qualifications are for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the sport sector.  It can also lead to apprenticeships in health and fitness that combine apprenticeship training with a job in the health and fitness industry. The careers this subject could lead you to is :
  • Agent
  • Biomechanist
  • Dietician
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Performance and Sport Scientist

Your Future

From a Students Perspective I really enjoy this course because it is coursework based and this gives me more time to think about and produce my work which counts towards my final grade.  It also means that I don’t have to worry about a big exam at the end of the course.  We learn all about health and fitness and many of our lessons are practical, using the fitness equipment to understand topics that have been learned in the classroom.   - Year 11 Student