Course Description

Exercise & Fitness (QQI Level 5)

The Open College

The aim of this newly validated 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.

Course Code 5N2668
College Name The Open College
Course Category Fitness Instruction, Sport
Course Type Blended - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course Location Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 18
Delivery mode Blended Learning - Elearning / Skills Workshops
Course Fee 445
Course Duration Three Months
Course Times This QQI Level 5 Exercise & Fitness 5N2668 course is completed through Distance Learning and one attendance day in Dublin which is normally held on a Saturday in a Gym environment. This attendance day is used to assess the Skills Demonstration element of the assignments and also to sit the Theory Exam. Students can complete this course within 3 months which is ample time and can start it at any time 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.
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Exercise & Fitness (5N2668)
Entry Requirements - 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.
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Course Provider

The Open College

01 206 1750
Unit 9, Leopardstown Business Centre,, Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland

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