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Would you like to work in the fitness industry? Then this qualification aims to provide learners with the broad base of knowledge and skills they need to work in a variety of customer-facing roles within the active leisure industry, including fitness instructing, personal training and exercise class instructor. Potential students would require a keen interest in the gym, and would be expected to be using the gym on a regular basis.

This two-year course is split into two one year qualifications. In the first year you will complete the fitness instructor (level 2) qualification followed by the personal training (level 3) qualification in year two. There will be opportunities to add extra qualifications along the way. UCAS points will be achieved in the second year of study.

  • What will I learn?

    You will gain a broad base of knowledge, enabling you to plan and deliver, fitness training sessions and programmes to all ages and with consideration to disability and diversity.

  • Example modules

    • Unit 1 Principles of anatomy and physiology and fitness (exam)
    • Unit 2 Planning and instructing gym-based exercise (exam)

    • Unit 3 Principles of customer care

    • Unit 4 Working in active leisure

    • Unit 5 Health and Safety in the workplace

    • Unit 6 Managing personal and professional development

    • Unit 14 Planning a circuit session

    • Unit 15 Instructing a circuit session

    • Unit 19 Planning a kettlebell exercise session

    • Unit 20 Instructing a Kettlebell exercise session

    • Unit 21 Planning a suspended movement session

    • Unit 22 Instructing a suspended movement session

  • How will I be assessed?

    Coursework, Portfolio of Evidence, Practical Demonstration/Assignment and Externally set, externally marked multiple-choice theory exams also make up 30% of this qualification.

  • Entry Requirements

    3 GCSEs to include a minimum of Maths grade 3 and English grade 3. Science and PE at grade 3 would be an advantage for this course. Alternatively, we will accept a full Level 2 Sport qualification at Merit grade or above. A keen interest in exercise and using the gym regularly is a must.

  • Progression & Career Opportunities

    We offer an Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Physical Activity (License to Practice) (Course code - FPHACL3DP/AY) - To apply for this course please contact admissions directly on 01296 588 595 or speak to a member of the Sport curriculum team.

  • Additional Information

    There may be additional costs for kit, materials, trips and other course related items.

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Course Details

Qualification Level Level 2
Study Mode Full-Time Course
Start Date September
Duration 36 Weeks
Course Code FPHACL2DP-1
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