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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: Two weeks (plus blended learning)
When you'll study: Thursdays, 5.30pm - 8.30pm

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 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

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.)


Course Code: YMBSFP

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £175

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 A
19 - 23 A(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.