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Sports & Fitness Instruction (Level 2)

This study programme will combine both theory and practical sessions to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of sports-related occupations. The programme will focus on the fitness industry, circuit training and fitness for children, while also giving you the knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. This is predominately course work however you will have an Anatomy & Physiology and Principles of Exercise exam.

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need:

Duration: 1 year 
  • 3 GCSEs grades 9-3 ideally including English & maths OR 
  • Sport at Level 1

Course content

This study programme will focus on exercise instruction, while also giving you an underpinning knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body.

  • Subject units:
    • Anatomy and physiology
    • Principles of Exercise
    • Instructing gym based exercise
    • Instructing circuits
    • Instructing fitness for children
    • Health & Safety
    • First Aid
    • Nutrition
    • Employment
    • Customer Service
    • Developing Self
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.
  • Work experience:
    You will also carry out 20 hours of work experience. 
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • You will also be given the opportunity to go on a range of trips including paint balling, footballing and multi sports tours, International rugby and football matches. 

Assessment methods

The majority of your work will be assessed through assignments, which can consist of presentations,  practical observation and poster production. Both Anatomy and Physiology and Principles of Exercise will be assessed through exams. Functional Skills and GCSE Maths and English will also be assessed through formal exams.


Fitness Instructor YMCA Level 2


  • YMCA Circuit Instructor 
  • Certificate in Instructing Fitness to Children
Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme you can progress on to the Sport & Physical Activity Development (Level 3).

Additional information

To take part in this course there will be an additional fee of approximately £35 for required clothing.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course Information & How to Apply

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please contact our Student Recruitment Team on 01234 291000 for alternatives.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculator Free for most people.
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