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Fitness Instructing (Gym Based) Level 2 Certificate (YMCA Awards)

  • L2

This course will lead you to a recognised YMCA awards qualification and will prepare you with the skills and knowledge that you will need to work as a Fitness Instructor (Gym Based) in a wide range of establishments.

YMCA awards

Entry requirements

You do not need any qualifications however you should have experience in the use of gym based equipment (Cardiovascular & Resistance).

Course content

During the course you will cover topics including:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Principles of Exercise
  • Health & Safety
  • Barriers to Participation
  • Resistance Training and Cardiovascular machines

Assessment methods

2 x multiple choice exams, 2 x worksheets, 1 x portfolio, 2 x practical assessments.

Further study and career options

Recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals, on successful completion you will be qualified as a Gym Instructor, and past students have gained work on cruise ships, in gyms, as personal trainers, managing fitness centres and training in specific sports. Alternatively you can progress on to one of our Level 3 Fitness qualifications.

Additional information

We regard appearance, conduct and attitude as an essential and on-going part of the course. You will be required to wear appropriate clothing and follow professional codes of appearance and conduct at all times. You will need to attend College one evening a week. You will also be expected to research and practise skills covered in lectures during your own time.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Course Information & How to Apply

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please register your interest here for our part-time courses starting from September 2021.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
15 weeks - Postponed until further notice 28/01/2021 Thu 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm £362 Cauldwell Street BBH1133S4 Course in progress

Part-time course already started?

Our upcoming 2021-22 part-time courses will be out in May. Get alerted when they're released by selecting your campus of choice below and filling out the relevant form:

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

If you are unemployed and receiving benefits then you could learn for FREE

You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on one of the following benefits:

  • Employment & Support Allowance (work-related activity group)
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit (subject to income)
  • Income support

Please note: you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

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