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Business Skills for the Fitness Professional

Course Code: YMBSFP

Level: 3
Subject area: Sport & Leisure
Awarding body: YMCA
Qualification: Award
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Evening
Duration: Distance learning
When you'll study: Distance learning - learn at a time and pace to suit you in the comfort of your own home

About the course

The aim of this qualification is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and competence required to market, plan and deliver a successful training service. You will apply the knowledge and skills you have learned to prepare a financially sound business strategy. This qualification is particularly relevant for those wishing to work on a freelance basis.

What you'll learn

The course covers the following areas:

  • the components and the purpose of a business plan
  • establishing a business within the required legal frameworks
  • researching business ideas
  • creating a marketing plan
  • how to identify and exploit internal and external factors that can affect the business
  • using targets and objectives
  • product levels and how to manage the lifecycle of products and services
  • building a pricing strategy and payment policy
  • the importance of forecasting financial information.
Entry requirements

You will need to hold a level 2 fitness instructor qualification and a level 2 qualification in English.


You will be assessed via a business plan project and a case study.

What's next?

The course could be the foundation for entry to a level 3 business related course, as well as continuing with other CPD in the fitness industry. Upon successful completion you may progress to the YMCA Level 3 Award in Instructing Outdoor Fitness at the College.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2021/22 (August 2021 – July 2022). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2022/23.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete an Expression of Interest form.
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