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Gym Instructor

Course Code: GYM

Level: 2
Subject area: Sport & Leisure
Awarding body: YMCA
Qualification: Certificate
Course type: FREE (Eligibility Applies), Part-time
Time of Day: Evening
Duration: 22 weeks
When you'll study: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

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About the course

Would you like to become a gym instructor, trainer or coach? This course at City College Plymouth is just the training you need! You’ll learn how to work with individual clients and groups in a personal training setting. This personal training course will also cover the fundamentals of the industry and the skills needed to work either for an organisation or as a self-employed trainer.

What you'll learn

This course includes the following topics:

  • how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  • health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  • the principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • anatomy and physiology for exercise and health
  • programming personal training with clients
  • delivering personal training sessions
  • applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme.
Entry requirements

Ideally, you will already hold a level 2 qualification in a related field, but this is not essential.


Assessment will be through coursework, a multiple choice examination, a portfolio of evidence and a practical assignment.

What's next?

On successful completion of this course, you may benefit from enhanced employment opportunities, or progress on to a higher education health and fitness course 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.)

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