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YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing - Gym Based Exercise


This qualification is aimed at those wishing to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry as a fitness instructor in the context of gym-based exercise.

Courses are delivered by our experienced tutors, who are practical and hands-on in their approach. Training will take pace in our Academy of Sport, which has recently undergone £1 million of investment, and you'll have access to a wide-range of fitness equipment.

Fitness instructing

You'll study the science of the human body, as well the practical techniques and skills required to become a qualified fitness instructor.

YMCA is one of the UK's leading awarding bodies in fitness, health and well-being.



  • Anatomy and physiology
    You'll study the heart and circulatory system, the respiratory system, structure and function of the skeleton, musculoskeletal system, postural and core stability and the nervous and energy systems and their relation to exercise.
  • How to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments
    You'll learn about the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.
  • How to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients
    You'll develop an understanding of the health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating.
  • How to communicate with clients effectively
    You'll discover how to motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme.
  • Plan and prepare a gym-based exercise programme
    You'll develop the skills and knowledge required to plan a gym-based exercise programme for both individuals and groups. Client groups also covered are older adults, ante and postnatal clients and disabled clients provided the relevant key safety guidelines are observed.

All units are assessed by multiple choice theory paper/eAssessment, practical examinations and worksheets.


LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page



Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

How to apply

To book your place on the course, download and complete the booking form and return by email to

Applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis, your place will only be confirmed on receipt of full payment and completion of the application form.

Once you have returned the booking form, you can pay by card at our online store or come into the LSBU Sports Centre to pay in person.

Course dates

Course 1:

Saturday 28 October10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 29 October10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 4 November10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 5 November10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 11 November10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 12 November10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 18 November10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 19 November10.30am-6.30pm
Assessment Saturday 25 November10.30am-6.30pm
Assessment Sunday 26 November10.30am-6.30pm

Course 2:

Saturday 6 January                          10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 7 January10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 13 January10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 14 January10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 20 January10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 21 January10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 27 January10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 28 January10.30am-6.30pm
Assessment Saturday 3 February10.30am-6.30pm
Assessment Sunday 4 February10.30am-6.30pm

Course 3:

Saturday 28 April                              10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 29 April10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 5 May10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 6 May10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 12 May10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 13 May 10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 19 May10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 20 May10.30am-6.30pm
Assessment Saturday 26 May10.30am-6.30pm
Assessment Sunday 27 May10.30am-6.30pm

Course 4:

Monday 4 June9am-5pm
Tuesday 5 June9am-5pm
Wednesday 6 June9am-5pm
Thursday 7 June9am-5pm
Friday 8 June9am-5pm
Monday 11 June9am-5pm
Tuesday 12 June9am-5pm
Wednesday 13 June9am-5pm
Assessment Thursday 14 June9am-5pm
Assessment Friday 15 June9am-5pm

Fees and funding

Courses are normally £550 per person.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

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All participants will be given details about the course prior to attending, including; the time, location and course structure.

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