Certificate in Exercise and Fitness Coaching (Senior Secondary Applied Learning)

The course equips students with the knowledge and skills of exercise science and coaching and strengthens their career-related skills, prepares for further study in sports-related programmes and career development. 
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Programme Contents

This programme enables students to understand the basic knowledge in the areas of sports science, fitness and health as well as the fitness testing and assessment through the practice of exercise and fitness skills. Through the integration of learned knowledge and skills, students need to design and implement sports and fitness training activities, which strengthens their job-related skills to prepare for further study in sports-related programmes and career development. 

If students attained “Attained with Distinction (I)” in this ApL course^, it is comparable to Level 3 of the Category A subjects of HKDSE examination; if they attained “Attained with Distinction (II)”, it is comparable to Level 4 of the Category A subjects of HKDSE examination.


Programme Features

  • Focus on practical and applicable based teaching and assessment, majority lessons are taught outside standard classrooms
  • Free access to all professional sports facilities in HKCT, including gym room, dance studio and basketball court, inside or outside class
  • Acquire sports basic techniques and coaching skills, learn to design appropriate exercise and fitness training activities for different sports through a variety of sports and fitness training such as functional training, yoga and basketball
  • Play the role of a coach to plan, implement and lead fitness training activities, which allows applying the skills and theories learned and gain practical experience
  • Participate in different visits and extra-curricular activities, including sports competition, internship, etc. to broaden horizons


Programme Structure

  • Fitness and Health (20 hours)
  • Exercise Science (20 hours)
  • Fitness Testing and Assessment (20 hours)
  • Functional Training (20 hours)
  • Yoga (20 hours)
  • Selected Ball Game (20 hours)
  • Practical Coaching (30 hours)
  • Training Planning and Implementation (30 hours)


Reference Table for Grades


Certification Programme

Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority - Applied Learning Subjects Result Assessment and Information

Articulation Path

Graduates can articulate to Higher Diploma in Fitness, Coaching and Sports Management or Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Sports Management with Coaching


Career Prospects

Sports coach, fitness instructor, sports event officer, sports executive, recreation and sports facility manager, etc.

Cheng Chak Kwan

I learned the skills to become a coach and understand how to communicate with the students in this programme. It helps a lot in making me a coach in the future. The programme also provides me with the knowledge related to exercise and fitness, which benefits me in my career development later.

Mode of Study

Full Time

Teaching Mode

Face to face (Classes may need to be conducted via online platform depending on epidemic for the sake of students’ safety)

Commencement of Study

September 2022


180 hours



HKCT Jockey Club Ma On Shan Campus (Yiu on Estate, 2 Hang Hong Street, Ma On Shan, Sha Tin, New Territories)

HKCT Jockey Club Undergraduate Campus (2 On Shing Street, Ma On Shan, Sha Tin, New Territories)


Saturday 09:00-13:00 / 14:00-18:00 (Lessons will also be scheduled during summer day and will be arranged as full day lesson.)

Lessons will mainly be held at students' own schools. Details will be confirmed between course provider and schools concerned.

QF Level

The qualification of this programme is recognised under the Qualifications Framework in Hong Kong.
QF Level: 3
QR Registration No.: 20/000003/L3
Registration Validity Period: 01/01/2020 to 31/12/2024

HKCT signed MOUs with numerous renowned local and mainland Sports organizations and enterprises, with a consensus to work together on programme development, talent exchange and training.

  • Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China
  • General Association of Asia Pacific Sports Federations
  • Hong Kong Modern Pentathlon Association
  • The Judo Association of Hong Kong, China
  • Macau Judo Association
  • TangWo Sports Club
  • Guangzhou City Construction College

^ According to the Education Bureau Circular Memorandum No. 40/2017, applicants of Associate Degree and Higher Diploma programmes are allowed to use up to two Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application for entrance requirements, i.e. "Attained" and "Attained with Distinction", will continue to be used.