Award in Fitness

MQF Level: 6

ECTS Value: 4 ECTS

Duration: 8 Sessions

Contact Hours: 20

Self Study Hours: 48

Assessment Hours: 32


Course Description

This module aims to cover the main principles of fitness: muscular & cardiovascular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition. It also aims to give related knowledge regarding the various methods of training, exercise programme planning and fitness testing. The importance of including physical activity during leisure time as part of a healthy lifestyle for lifelong education will also be explored.

Entry Requirements

Applicants interested in following this programme are to satisfy one of the minimum eligibility criteria:

1. An awarded MATSEC Certificate (MQF Level 4), or equivalent, preferably with a Grade C or better in Physical Education at Intermediate Level;

2. A full MQF Level 4 qualification (with a minimum of 120 ECTS, or equivalent) in the area of Sport, Exercise or Physical Education.

3. An MQF Level 5 qualification (with a minimum of 30 ECTS, or equivalent) in the area of Sport, Exercise or Physical Education.  

Overall Objectives and Outcomes

By the end of this module, the learner will be able to:


a) Manage various methods of training, exercise planning and the promotion of lifelong physical activity;
b) Create exercise programmes specifically tailored for an individual in order to achieve his/her own specific goal/s for fitness;
c) Ensure that safety protocols are adhered to in using different training implements such as; light dumbbells, exercise balls, steppers and dyna-bands;
d) Create fitness components for various activities such as team games, gymnastics and athletics.


a) Identify the different fitness assessment tests to measure the various personal physical capabilities of the individual;
b) Identify the dynamics and structure of circuit training with or without weights and the possible progressions that can be made to make the circuit and each individual exercise more demanding;
c) Describe the importance of fitness and its impact on physical, psychological and social wellbeing.


a) Prepare, evaluate and write health-related fitness lesson plans;
b) Use appropriate instructional skills and terminology to demonstrate the proper way of various fitness exercises, and specific areas such as games, gymnastics and athletics;
c) Follow the effectiveness of a fitness programme for a particular individual.

Mode of Delivery

This module adopts a blended approach to teaching and learning. Information related to the structure and delivery of the module may be accessed through the IfE Portal. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures found on the Institute for Education’s website.  

Assessment Methods

This programme adopts continuous and summative methods of assessment including assignments, online tasks, reflective journals, projects and video presentations. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures.


Upon successful completion of this module, course participants will be conferred an accredited certification. 

Further Learning Opportunities and Career Progression

Upon successful completion of this module, course participants may use certification conferred to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for accredited programmes. Teachers may also use this certification in their application for accelerated progression.

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List

1) Cooper Institute. (2013). Fitnessgram & Activitygram Test Administration Manual. Updated 4th Edition. Human Kinetics, Chapagn Illinois. Found on

2) Virgilio SJ. (2012). Fitness Education for Children – A Team Approach 2nd Edition. Human Kinetics, United States.

3) Kirkham-King M., Brusseau TA., Hannon JC., Castelli DM., Hilton K., & Burns RD. (2017). Elementary physical education: A focus on fitness activities and smaller class sizes are associated with higher levels of physical activity. Preventive Medicine Reports. 8 pp.135-139. Link:

4) Plowman SA., Smith DL. (2011). Exercise Physiology for Health, Fitness, and Performance 3rd Edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

5) Perry BW. (2012). Fitness for Geeks. O’Reilly Media, Inc., United States.

6) Heyward V. H. (2006) Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription (5th Ed). Human Kinetics, Champaign Illinois.

7) Hands BP. (2013). Physical activity, physical fitness or physical education: Are we betting on the wrong horse? Active and Healthy Lifestyle Magazine, 20 (2), pp.5-7


Supplementary Reading List

1) Maguire JS. (2008). Fit for Consumption. Sociology and the Business of Fitness.

2) National Academy of Sports Medicine (2004). Optimum Performance Training for the Health and Fitness Professional Course Manual 2nd Edition, United States.

3) Faigenbaum AD., Westcott WL. (2009). Youth Strength Training. Programs for Health, Fitness and Sport 2nd Edition. Human Kinetics, United States.

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