Gym Instructing

We offer the opportunities for students to undertake industry lead vocational qualifications to support their Level 3 programme. These can be studied as an additional course alongside their A Levels and BTECs to enhance their employability opportunities as well as their knowledge and skills in coaching and fitness.

These courses qualify students to work independently within a professional environment such as any fitness and sports coaching organisation. In the past students have gained employment directly from studying these courses and have gained paid work at variety of organisations including, David Lloyd gym, Freedom Leisure, The Gym group. They have also delivered their own sports coaching sessions for local school providers and coaching organisations, such as the RMA.


Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing provides learners with the knowledge and skills that are needed to plan, deliver and supervise safe and effective exercise programmes within a gym or health club environment.

Topics include; theoretical study on the human body in action, health and nutrition, training principles, fitness programming and working in the fitness industry. You will learn how to instruct fitness sessions in the gym, teaching different techniques and training methods to clients, as well as developing training programmes and reflective performance. This is an excellent course for those wishing to enter the health and fitness sector with a wealth of career opportunities.

This qualification is awarded by Active IQ and professionally recognised by The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) and the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport & Physical Activity (CIMSPA), which allow you to work in the fitness industry.

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Course Essentials

Courses Available
Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing
Entry Requirements

You will be required to complete an early assessment based on your capabilities within a fitness environment. Experience of gym-based exercises, including resistance training methods and equipment. The course requires physical exertion and individual participation; therefore a degree of physical fitness is essential.
How The Course is Assessed
Professional competency through observation of practical instructing, coursework, multiple choice exam, portfolio of evidence.
Career Pathways
Progression pathway includes; L3 Diploma in Personal Training, Instructing Pilates/Yoga, Level 4 Certificate in Strength & Conditioning.
Transferable Skills
Time management, communication and people skills, adaptability.
Other Information
This course is aimed predominantly at second year students wishing to enter the fitness industry after College. However, first year students will be considered on an individual basis and can complete the Higher Sports Leadership Award in Year 2.
Enquiries To
Jude Macdonald: