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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.)


Course Code: GYM

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £750

B Reduced Course Fee (for eligible students): £0

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  or   B
19 - 23 A  or   B(Note: If you do not have a level 2 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ A  or   B

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.