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Sport & Outdoor Adventure

Fitness is a growing industry in the UK, and more than 400,000 people work in sport and the outdoors industry. And where better to learn your trade than in the stunning natural adventure playground of the Lake District. This is a job we would all look forward to getting up in the morning for!

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Course Overview

There are over seven million participants in the fitness industry; therefore there is a clear need for every employee to be knowledgeable and competent in the health and fitness industry. The opportunities in the Active Leisure industry are very broad and this course is primarily designed for those working as or wanting to work as fitness instructors.

You will be required to attend College one evening per week and gain some relevant experience in the health and fitness industry.

This qualification will provide you with the skills to become a competent instructor in the health and fitness industry.

During your programme, you will study the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-Based Exercise), which has been designed to provide you with the knowledge and understanding to develop your competency skills to work as a fitness instructor. You will develop your skills in planning, delivering and evaluating gym sessions.

You will be provided with the skills and knowledge to instruct exercise and fitness. This will be gained through learning about anatomy and physiology including how the body works. You will also develop your knowledge in safe planning and delivery of gym-based exercise.

As part of your course, you will complete the following four units:

- Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
- Principles of exercise, fitness and health
- Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
- Anatomy and physiology for exercise

You will also complete two specialist gym-based units:

- Planning gym-based exercise
- Instructing gym-based exercise

The course will include practical and theory. A range of assessment methods will be used including written reports, session plans, practical observations and recorded demonstrations.

Entry Requirements

Assignments and written work are an important part of the course, so you should have some evidence of Level 2 literacy or above e.g. GSCE Grade C/ 4 or above, writing reports at work etc.

Potential students should have a positive, motivating, can do attitude and be willing to work both as part of a team or on their own. Applicants are expected to have the skills to work with and motivate a variety of different clients.

All students interested in this course should contact the James Saxon prior to enrolment:


After Your Course

This qualification will provide you with the skills to become a competent instructor in the health and fitness industry. You could also progress onto the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.

During the course you will be supported in finding a suitable job in the health and fitness industry.

Recognition of your qualifications by employers can also lead to rapid career development in the workplace.



Course fees are per year. There may also be additional costs associated with the course (please see the course overview).

Student Finance
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.

Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.

For further information please see

Access to Learning Fund
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Contact Student Services for more information: / 01539 814700