Introduction to the course

If you are already working as a fitness instructor but need to gain qualifications to reach the next level in your career or if you want to become a fitness instructor then this course could be ideal for you. The course will give you the recognised qualification you will need. You will cover theory, anatomy, physiology, and practical work in areas like exercising to music, resistance training and circuit training. The course will develop your skills, knowledge and competence to plan, teach and evaluate exercise sessions to all ages, unsupervised.

Knowledge and understanding relating to the qualification:

  • Anatomy and physiology covering the heart and circulatory system, the respiratory system, structure and function of the skeleton, musculoskeletal system, postural and core stability, the nervous and energy systems and their relation to exercise

  • How to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults

  • How to communicate with clients effectively and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme

  • Employment law, industry specific legislation and procedures that apply to their jobs

  • The subsectors that make up the active leisure and learning sector

  • An understanding of the principles of customer service

  • An understanding of the benefits of a balanced diet and its contribution to a healthy lifestyle

  • How to plan and prepare group exercise sessions

  • How to programme a variety of safe and effective exercise sessions for a range of clients

  • How to instruct a variety of exercise sessions

What do I need?

Entry requirements are 4 GCSEs at D- G or a Level 1 CYQ qualification in a related discipline, to come to an interview, pass an assessment and have a good reference. If you are coming from school or another College, you will need an 87% attendance record.

How is the course taught?

You will be taught using a variety of teaching methods such as Lectures, group work, practical, coaching, discussions and individual support.This practical course is taught in the College’s well equipped gym and fitness centre.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including:

  • eAssessment

  • Multiple choice examination

  • Portfolio of evidence

  • Practical demonstration/assignment

  • Written examination

What does it lead to?

You may progress onto a number of courses, including:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training (learners must hold a Level 2 Certificate in Gym-based Exercise)

  • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral for Specified Controlled Certificate in Personal Training

  • Level 3 Award in Programming and Supervising Exercise with Disabled Clients

  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga

  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates

Course Details

Location Start Date - End Date - Study Mode
Tottenham Centre 5 Jan 2021 - 3 Jun 2021 - Evening

Course Code: CR2MFNN1 / 20EBS1A

Information on course fees

If you are aged 16 - 18:
Courses are free up to Level 3

If you are over 18, fees may apply:
This course is FREE if you fulfil the entry requirements, complete an Eligibility Residency Assessment, and if working, provide a copy of your latest payslip.

Information on how to apply
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What are the levels?



Kyron Williams

Everyone at College helped me to focus and believe in myself. I’m getting better all the time – I love the buzz of pushing myself to go faster. - He ran for Great Britain’s Under-19 100m relay team alongside his studies.

Kyron Williams Sports and Fitness BTEC Diploma Level 3

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