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Fitness instructors

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This YMCA Level 2 course offers an enjoyable blend of practical activities and theoretical study that prepares students for progression onto Level 3 courses. This licence to practice qualification is CIMSPA accredited, and is therefore recognised by employers as enabling learners 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 Fitness Suite with clients to develop and deliver fitness programmes.

Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance.


One year course.

What will I study?

Modules studied include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise
  • Health, Safety and Welfare in a Fitness Environment
  • Principles of Exercise, Fitness and Health
  • Planning Gym-based Exercise
  • Instructing Gym-based Exercise

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

What could it lead to?

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 have the skills and knowledge necessary to plan, deliver and evaluate safe and effective fitness instruction sessions via the context of gym-based exercise. Once you have successfully completed this qualification, you will be able to gain access to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at Level 2.

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

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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