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Fitness Instructing (Gym-based Exercise)

Course Code: YMGBE

Level: 2
Subject area: Sport & Leisure
Awarding body: YMCA
Qualification: Certificate
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: 12 weeks
When you'll study: Wednesdays 11:45-2:45 and Fridays 9:15-2:45

About the course

This qualification is aimed at those who would like to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry as a fitness instructor in the context of gym-based exercise.


What you'll learn

The course covers anatomy and physiology including:

  • how to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
  • how to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients, the health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating
  • how to communicate with clients effectively, and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme
  • the skills and knowledge required to plan and prepare a gym-based exercise programme with apparently healthy adults – both individuals and groups. 


Entry requirements

You will need to hold level 1 qualifications in English and maths.


  • Multiple choice theory paper/e-assessment
  • Practical examination
  • Assessment workbook


What's next?

Upon successful completion you may progress to the YMCA Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training at the College.



Course Code: YMGBE

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £375

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 2 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.