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YMCA L2 Diploma in Health, Fitness & Exercise Instruction/ L3 Diploma in Personal Training and Instruction at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

You will cover 23 units in total over the two year, full-time course. Some examples of the units that you will study in year 1 will include Understanding the Employing Organisation, Understanding Employment Rights and Responsibilities, Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise, Health, Safety and Welfare in a Fitness Environment, Understanding the Active Leisure and Learning Sector, Instructing Circuit Training, Diet, Nutrition for Healthy Living, Principles of Exercise, Fitness and Health and Planning and Instructing Gym-Based Exercise.
Examples of year 2 units include Programming and delivering personal training sessions, Sports conditioning, Delivering outdoor fitness sessions, Anatomy and physiology and Business and marketing.

In addition to your year 2 main programme you will be supported in obtaining a regular work placement opportunity in one of the local gym organisations. This will not only help to supplement your knowledge and understanding but to ensure you are industry ready at the end of the course.

Maths and English
Alongside your course you will study maths and/or English to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured weekly sessions as part of your timetable. Maths and English development is also integrated in practical assignments.

Entry requirements

Usually you'll need 4 or more A*-C (9-4) grades at GCSE, including maths and English. A new grade scale is in operation for maths and English which is numerical. The equivalent to a B grade will be a 6 and the equivalent to a C grade will be a 5 for entry requirement purposes. If GCSE PE has not been taken you will be expected to gain at least a Merit grade in Level 2 Diploma in sport. An interest in progressing into employment in the fitness industry as a gym instructor or personal trainer is a pre-requisite of the course. You are also required to attend a College interview to establish your suitability for the course. If you do not meet these entry requirements you will be advised of other suitable alternative courses.


You will also be expected to do independent study at home towards your assessments and will be supported by the YMCA e-learning suite that includes interactive resources and learning materials. Alongside your course you will be expected to participate in all activities and excursions that are arranged as part of your course. Alongside your main course programme you will also study maths and/or English to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured classes. You will also be assessed on your literacy and numeracy skills throughout the course. You will also be expected to purchase a NULC FIT top to wear during practical sessions. There are online resources to support you on this course and additonal learning support if required.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit

Future opportunities

On completion of the course you will gain your YMCA L2 Diploma in Health, Fitness and Exercise Instruction and your L3 Diploma in Personal Training and Instruction both of which are required by all major employers in the health and fitness industry. Both qualifications also give you the opportunity to develop a range of techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life. The course also provides you with 32 UCAS points and 40 REP CPD points.

Further information

For more information contact Anthony Walton, Curriculum Leader in Sport Development, Coaching & Fitness by emailing or calling 01782254298


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 25 November 2016
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