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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.


Employability Service

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

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.



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 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 2 June10.30am-6.30pm
Assessment Sunday 3 June10.30am-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.

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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.

Prepare to start

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

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