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Level: 2

Location: Johnson Building

Years: 1

Weeks: 12

Hours: 4.50

Start: 22/09/2016

Days / Times: Thursday 18:00 to 21:00 OR Tuesday 18:00 to 21:00

Tuition (£): 295.00*

Concessions: 145.00***

Interview: N

Course Summary

This qualification is aimed at the learner who wants to pursue a career as a fitness instructor in the context of gym-based exercise.

You will cover anatomy and physiology, health and safety, planning and delivering gym-based sessions, healthy eating, communication and motivation skills.

Courses are planned to start in:

  • September - 20x Tuesdays 6-9pm
  • September - 20x Thursdays 6-9pm

Bespoke distance learning packages are also available - contact the College for further details.

Entry requirements

A basic understanding of anatomy and physiology is desirable.  So too is an understanding of health and safety practices within a gym-based environment.

You should have competency in English and maths to help with the theoretical aspects of the programme.

Although current gym membership is not required, you will be expected to use the gym as part of your ongoing professional development.

Course Content

The course is made up of several units which include:

  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise
  • Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  • Principles of exercise fitness and health
  • Client support
  • Planning gym-based exercise
  • Delivering gym-based exercise

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through:

  • multiple choice theory paper/eAssessment
  • practical examinations
  • worksheets


Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to have suitable clothing for a gym environment, including indoor training footwear, personal towel and toiletries.

There are no additional costs, although you may choose to pay for membership towards becoming a Registered Exercise Professional (REP).

Allows learners entry to REPs at Level 2 REPs 20 point CPD logo

What can I do after this course?

On completion of the course, you will be qualified for employment or may wish to continue training on the following REPs accredited courses:

  • Certificate in Personal Training
  • Award in Nutrition for Physical Activity
  • Award in Circuit Training
  • Diploma in Exercise Referral



* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Johnson Building

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Katy Morten

Katy Morten

Ahead of the game in a sporting career

Ever since school, Katy Morten had set her heart on becoming a personal trainer.

By the age of just 21, she had already achieved her career goal – thanks to a sport apprenticeship programme run by Derbyshire Dales District Council in partnership with Derby College.

Having secured a full-time job as an instructor at Bakewell Swimming Pool, Katy particularly enjoys helping people to reach their goals – whether it be weight loss or training for a particular sporting event.

I knew I could get nationally recognised qualifications more quickly on an apprenticeship – and having lots of work experience in the industry under my belt would stand me in good stead when looking for employment. Plus, who could argue with being paid to learn?

There’s a real feel-good factor to my job – just knowing you have helped someone improve their lifestyle and become happier with themselves.
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