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CYQ (YMCA) Level 2 Fitness Instructing (Gym-based)

Subject Area
Sport & Uniformed Service
Start Date
September 2022
Study Mode
34 Weeks

This qualification is aimed at students who wants to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry as a fitness instructor in the context of gym-based exercise.

This qualification covers a wide variety of topics relevant to the role of a personal trainer, comprising of anatomy and physiology (including the structure and function of the major body systems) and how to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, with the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults considered. How to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients, the health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating and how to communicate with clients effectively and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme is also covered.

You will learn the skills and knowledge required to plan and prepare a gym-based exercise programme with healthy adults - both individuals and groups. This may include young people in the 14-16 age range, provided they are part of a larger adult group. Client groups also covered are older adults, ante and postnatal clients and disabled clients, provided the relevant contraindications and key safety guidelines are observed.

Course Modules/units

  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  • Know how to support clients that take part in exercise and physical activity
  • Planning gym-based exercise
  • Delivering gym-based exercise

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, however, all candidates need to have a basic understanding of how the human body functions and be experienced in the use of a gym for their own personal fitness. As this is an instructor qualification, a good level of verbal communication is an advantage

Dates and Course Durations

This course is now full for 2021. For more information email

Study Method

A range of teaching methods will be utilised including a mix of theory-based sessions and practical gym-based sessions in the newly refurbished Athletic Suite. Normally, a theory and a practical session each week.

Practical sessions are held in The Athletic Suite with a range of commercial standard cardiovascular and resistance machines and free weights


A range of compulsory assessment is covered including:

  • 2 x Multiple choice theory paper – online exam
  • Practical assessments
  • Learner assessment record

Regular formative assessment will be included throughout the course, with home study required

Course Fees

£405 - £811
The fees for this course can vary depending on funding eligibility, if you feel you may qualify for funding, please contact the Funding Team

Additional Costs

This course requires practical clothing and footwear and resource packs which will need to be purchased by the student, the cost of this can vary depending on individual budgets.

Some courses may require additional study from home, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning. You will be made aware of any additional study time at the time of enrolment


The majority of lessons will take place in our newly refurbished gym, The Athletic Suite, where students will have access to industry standard gym equipment, including health screening resources

Students also have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

Course Progression

Following successful completion of the Level 2 Fitness Instructing (gym-based) qualification, students will the opportunity to progress onto a Level 3 Personal Training qualification.

At York College we currently offer Level 3 Personal Training – Practitioner (part-time) available to study on an evening

Career Progression

Students have gone on to employment or self-employment as a fitness instructor (gym-based)

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