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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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Derby College offer sport, health and leisure facilities for public use. This includes fitness centre, sports hall and outdoor pitch hire plus lots more. Located at Broomfield Hall, Johnson Building and Mackworth.

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Jess Guest

Jess Guest

Apprenticeship leads to leisure centre personal trainer job for Jess

As someone who has always been sporty, working as a personal trainer at Matlock’s Arc Leisure Centre is the ideal job for 18-year-old Jess Guest.

Jess, who first worked at Arc on a casual basis, has been taken on full-time after completing a leisure apprenticeship with Derbyshire Dales District Council. While an apprentice, she gained her level two personal training qualifications with Derby College and she is currently working towards level three.

Jess, who is from Morton, took PE at GCSE and has been involved in competitive sport since a young age. She used to swim for City Of Derby Swimming Club and trained with Olympic Gold medallist Adam Peaty, who is also a former Derby College student. As part of her apprenticeship, Jess gained experience across a range of areas including lifeguarding, swimming teaching and Reception, as well as fitness instruction.

In her role as personal trainer, she now helps people to achieve their fitness goals, as well as showing them healthy new ways to shed excess pounds and build muscle tone. Since taking up her full-time role Jess has introduced Pound – a cardiovascular workout which involves exercising to the rhythm of drumsticks.

Arc is among only a handful of centres to offer Pound in Derbyshire and Jess’s classes are very popular. Working with people of all ages and abilities, she teaches a whole range of activities, including swimming and aerobics. Jess said Derby College had been very supportive throughout her apprenticeship and beyond it.


Steve, my college tutor, is really good. I’m assessed on site and he’s always very helpful and happy to give me advice whenever I need it. Working hours vary in this job and I work shifts and weekends.


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