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Diploma in Health, Fitness and Exercise Instruction - Level 2 - Full-time (North Devon)

Level 2
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
One year

Fitness is a growth industry which offers a range of career opportunities. So, if you have a keen interest in fitness and health and you workout regularly, this could be your route to a high-energy career. This is a comprehensive and flexible qualification and is designed to prepare you for employment in the health and fitness industry. It is the first direct step into the fitness industry, with progress options to enter a high level of Personal Training and Sports Massage.

This programme gives you all the qualifications you need to work as a fitness instructor, but also prepares you for the next step in Personal Training and Sports Massage.


You'll be taught by practising fitness professionals, using a variety of practical and theory-based sessions.

The study programme covers multiple fitness disciplines and is tailored around the realities of the fitness industry.
It may include some work outside of normal college hours.

Units you'll study include:

- Certificate in fitness instructing
- Gym
- Understanding the fitness, leisure and recreation industry
- Kettlebell, suspension training
- Indoor cycling
- Anatomy and physiology.
The modules will be assessed via multiple-choice exams, assessed course work (e.g. session planning and evaluation) and by practical assessment instructing and running sessions for others .

All assessments will be focused on the skills required to work successfully in the fitness industry.
All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or equivalent or above, to preferably include GCSE Maths and English at grade 3 or above.
Entrants who do not have a GCSE grade 4 in Maths and/or English will continue studying these subjects.
At the end of the year, you are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of your Level 2 Study Programme and improved your Maths and English skills before progressing to your next course.

We accept applicants who have successfully completed a relevant full-time Level 1 qualification.
There are no requirements for adult learners; selection will be by interview where candidates will need to demonstrate their interest in and commitment to fitness and learning.
You could progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training and a Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage. In fact, this programme gives you all the qualifications you need to work in many parts of the fitness industry, in gyms, leisure centres or as a freelance instructor or trainer. Other options are a BTEC Sport or Public Services related programme. Some learners go directly into employment (Full or Part time ) in the fitness industry)
The course will be taught in a variety of learning environments. These will include the fitness studio, our well-resourced gym and a new outdoor training facility.

There will be a requirement to purchase manuals for some modules. These will enable you to focus the right knowledge on your practical development and assessment.
Pens, notebook and fitness clothes.
You will be expected to buy course manuals and a fitness clothing pack. This will be discussed at interview.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: Why would I choose this course rather than a sport course?
A: The fitness courses are designed to be industry specific, the qualifications you will gain at the end of the year are the qualifications requested by employers.

Q: How many days do I need to be at college?
A: This will depend on whether you have English and Maths, if you don't, expect to be in college for four-five days per week.
If you do have English and Maths, then we do try to put the course into a maximum of three or four days.

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Location North Devon Campus | Level Level 2 | Duration One year