Fitness Instructing Level 2

Attendance PatternDurationSCQF LevelYear Group
Online. All Day Friday. 1 year 5  S5/S6

 Learners must be 16 years of age.

About this course content

About this course

About this course

This course is for students age 16 and over who wish to pursue a career in the health and fitness sector as gym-based fitness instructors. Young people aged 16 to 18 may need to be supervised in the workplace, once they have achieved the qualification.

The aim of this course is to train learners to a professionally competent level, enabling them to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes within a gym or health club environment.



  • To develop learner’s knowledge of anatomy and physiology and how it relates to exercise and fitness
  • To develop learner’s ability to plan and deliver safe and effective gym sessions
  • To provide learners with the knowledge to develop good customer service and the personal qualities required by the exercise and fitness industry
  • To provide learners with an awareness of health and safety in an exercise and fitness environment
  • To provide learners with the opportunity to progress to further qualifications in the exercise and fitness industry
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Course content

Course content

This qualification comprises of 6 mandatory units:

  1. Anatomy and physiology for exercise
  2. Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  3. Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  4. Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  5. Preparing for gym-based exercise
  6. Instructing gym-based exercise

Successful achievement of all six units must be achieved for the full qualification.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants must be 16 or over.

Some experience of gym-based exercises, including free weights, is highly recommended.

The course requires physical exertion and individual participation is essential; therefore, a degree of physical fitness is necessary.

There is also an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved and learners should have basic skills in communication pitched at level 2.


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Course progression

Course progression

This qualification provides progression to Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Instructing Exercise and Fitness, for learners who wish to develop and demonstrate occupational competence in gym instruction.

Alternatively, it provides progression to Level 3 qualifications in Personal Training for learners who wish to further their knowledge and skills and become personal trainers working with specialist populations as well as the general population.

Learners may also progress on to the Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage, where they will be provided with the knowledge and skills to practice sports massage alongside gym instructing in the health club environment.

Learners may also broaden their knowledge and skills by progressing to Level 2 qualifications in Instructing Circuits, Exercise to Music and Aqua.