This Level 2 YMCA Certificate is a qualification aimed at students who want to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry as a fitness instructor in the context of gym-based exercise. Students will cover the course over 3 lessons a week for one year.


Students can go on to work in a health and fitness centre, for example inducting clients into using gym equipment both safely and with optimum results.

This qualification also allows students to become a self-employed gym instructor.

Course Content

The Level 2 YMCA Certificate in Gym Instruction covers:

  • Anatomy and Physiology including:

– the heart and circulatory system
– the respiratory system
– structure and function of the skeleton
– musculoskeletal system
– postural and core stability
– the nervous and energy systems and their relation to exercise

  • Providing a positive customer experience in the exercise environment
  • Lifestyle management and health awareness
  • How to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients, the health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating
  • The skills and knowledge required to plan and prepare a gym-based exercise programme with apparently healthy adults – both individuals and groups. This may include young people in the 14-16 age range, provided they are part of a larger adult group. Client groups also covered are older adults, ante and postnatal clients and disabled clients provided the relevant key safety guidelines are observed

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Gym Instructing students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. Recently these have included:

  • a visit to Donyngs Leisure Centre in Redhill for a personal training and fitness workshop
  • The opportunity to hear from and work with visiting Personal Trainers
  • Sports Awards ceremony

Activities Programme

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.

Work Experience

All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.


Assessment is by:

  • multiple choice theory paper
  • practical examination
  • assessment workbook

Entry Requirements

Candidates must be aged 16 or over at the time of registration.   Students should have good communication and interpersonal skills as well as a passion for sport.

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:

  • Grade 4 in a Science subject (4,4 in Combined Science)

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2021

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2021 application form.

All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

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