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Fitness Instructing (Gym-Based Exercise) Certificate Level 2

Subject Area
Sport & Uniformed Service
Start Date
September 2023
Study Mode
1 year
Level 2

This YMCA Level 2 course offers an enjoyable blend of practical activities and theoretical study. This licence to practice qualification is CIMSPA accredited and is therefore recognised by employers as enabling you to enter employment in the job role of fitness instructor in the fitness and leisure sector.

A highly practical course, you will develop your theoretical and human body knowledge to work effectively in the Athletic Suite with clients to develop and deliver fitness programmes.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 3 subjects at grade 3 ideally including English and Maths.

What will I study?

Modules studied include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Providing a Positive Customer Experience in the Exercise Environment
  • Lifestyle Management and Health Awareness
  • Gym-based Programme Planning and Preparation
  • Programme Delivery and Professional Instruction

You can re-sit GCSE Maths and/or English alongside this course.

Additional costs
All students are expected to purchase a practical kit. There is also a course contribution cost to support the trips and visits organised across the year to enhance students' learning. For further information please speak to our tutors at open events and guidance discussions.

Method of delivery

The practical element of the course will involve working in the Athletic Suite. You’ll also study a range of theory sessions to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of theories that underpin fitness. You will also take part in some client facing sessions.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by one multiple choice theory exam for Anatomy & Physiology for exercise and gym instructors. You will complete some workbooks and have one summative practical assessment.

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, Apprenticeship or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

On completion of this course, you will have an industry recognised qualification enabling you to start to work as a fitness instructor immediately. You will be CIMSPA accredited and licensed to practice.

The majority of students progress on to a Level 3 Personal Training qualification or take up employment in the sport and leisure industry.

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