Level 2 Certificate in Gym/Fitness Instructor

With this course, you'll develop knowledge of working and managing a leisure facility like a gym, whilst gaining work experience in a real, work environment.

At St Helens College, you'll be undergoing training yourself, and learning about anatomy and physiology, how to lead fitness sessions and plan an effective training programme for a client.

This provides a valuable insight into working in the leisure industry and will set you on your journey to your future career.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Supporting clients
  • Health and safety
  • Fitness principles
  • Planning
  • Instructing

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of multiple choice examinations, practical observations, written and oral questions, assignment work, short tests, work experience and work books.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have four GCSEs at grade 3 (equivalent to grade D) or above, including English or maths.

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. As part of your study programme, you will work towards achieving your qualifications in English and maths.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2018), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the necessary skills and knowledge to launch a successful career within the fitness industry as a gym instructor.

Alternatively, you may choose to progress on to the level 3 Active IQ Certificate in Personal Training, leading on to the level 3 NCFE Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity, which could then take you on to university to study a sports and fitness related degree.

Ref: Mike Stephens

Inspiring Success


“My course has helped me to build my physical abilities while developing my knowledge of sports massage and anatomy, as I hope to become a qualified Sports Massage Therapist.”

Ellie, A levels in English Language, English Literature and History

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