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Level: 2

Location: Johnson Building

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Diploma in Instructing Fitness and Exercise is aimed at the student who wants to pursue a career as a fitness instructor in the context of gym-based exercise. The year-long course will combine GCSE and skills requirements with an active and physical programme of gym instruction. The programme is designed to help students to progress to a Level 3 Personal Training qualification in Year 2.

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for students who have previously studied a Level 2 Certificate in Sport. You will need to have five GCSEs graded at Level 5-4 and to have competency in English and maths to help with the theoretical aspects of the programme. Students must have achieved English at grade 4 or above. GCSE Maths will be compulsory for all students with a grade 3.

You should be able to demonstrate high standards of discipline, punctuality and attendance. It is essential that each student works to the deadlines set or they may face changes to, or withdrawal from, their study programme.

Practical sessions are compulsory, so students must also be physically able to take part in both indoor and outdoor sessions. Although current gym membership is not required, you will be expected to use the gym as part of your ongoing professional development.  

Course Content

You will cover key topics such as anatomy and physiology; health, safety and welfare; communication and motivation skills; employment law and industry-specific legislation; the active leisure and learning sector; customer service; and the benefits of a balanced diet and its contribution to a healthy lifestyle.
The course is made up of a number of units including:
  • Understanding the employing organisation
  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise
  • Understanding employment rights and responsibilities
  • Supporting clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  • Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  • Understanding the active leisure and learning sector
  • Self-development
  • Principles of customer service
  • Diet and nutrition for healthy living
  • Food groups and digestion
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health

The course will also include a work placement, tutorials and the development of English and maths skills.

How will I be assessed?

You will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit.  You can expect to be assessed through:

  • eAssessment
  • multiple choice examination
  • portfolio of evidence
  • practical demonstration/assignment
  • written examination

Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to purchase a kit. The cost of this will be finalised at the start of the course but is expected to be in the region of £100 and will include your contribution towards the end-of-year celebration event, trips and guest speakers. This money is to be received before November and in return you will get free gym membership for the academic year.
There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits. On completion of the course, candidates may choose to pay for membership towards becoming a registered exercise professional (REP).
The course provides: 
  • REPs CPD points: 20
  • Level of entry to REPs: Level 2
  • 10 CIMSPA points

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What can I do after this course?

Further study
You could consider progressing to the following courses:
  • Diploma in Personal Training
  • Foundation Diploma in Sport Coaching
  • Foundation Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science
You may wish to seek employment in the sports and active leisure industry but the skills gained on the course are also transferable to a wide range of jobs in other sectors.


This course is run at the Johnson Building

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Beth Wood

Beth Wood

Career options kick off for sports student Beth

Sports enthusiast Beth Wood is weighing up study options and a potential career thanks to her college course and work placement.The seventeen-year-old Level 3 Sports Coaching and Development student has completed the first year of her course with the offer of an apprenticeship.On work experience, as part of the course, she so impressed bosses at children' coaching company First Grade Sports that they first gave her a job teaching children in holidays and half terms.Now they have now gone one step further and offered an apprenticeship.Beth is also considering whether to go on to higher education at Derby College or whether to experience university life.

She said: "Without the college I wouldn't have got the chance of my work experience, or my job, or the offer an apprenticeship. My work experience helped me to understand how to teach different ages and abilities. It also helped improve my confidence, helping me feel comfortable in my own ability and knowledge."

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