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Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing

Course Level: 

Level 2

Job opportunities after this course: 

A career in Personal Training or employment in the Fitness/Leisure industry.

Overview of the course: 

This qualification is aimed at the learner who wants to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry as a fitness instructor in the context of gym-based exercise. The course is structured to include approximately 90 hours of contact time. However, you will be required to use your own time effectively to ensure you are ready for assessment.

Entry requirements: 

No official entry requirements. However, a sound knowledge of anatomy & physiology, as well as experience in a gym environment are essential. Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


The course is very practical in nature with learners showing competence in the lifting of weights and carrying out aerobic type exercises. However, learners will also cover:

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

• How to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults

• How to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients, the health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating

• How to communicate with clients effectively, and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme

• 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 contraindications and key safety guidelines are observed.

How is the course assessed?: 

Two units will be externally assessed using multiple choice theory papers or assessment. Two units will be internally assessed using workbooks. A planning unit will be internally assessed. Practical examination to include ongoing and final assessment.

Further study options after this course: 

Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

Length of the course: 

15 weeks, 6 hours per week during the evening


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2021


Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2021

Free if you are under 25 on the 31st August 2021 with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2021 and do not already have a full Level 2 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Free if you are unemployed and in receipt of eligible benefits – contact us to check if you are eligible

Free if you are employed and your income is less than £17,004

If you do not meet the above criteria and need to pay fees they are:


Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (11 Oct 2021 12:15) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

How to apply: 

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Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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