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Health, Exercise and Fitness Instruction Level 2 Diploma at Gateshead College

Course description

This course will prepare you for work in the health and fitness industry.

You’ll study anatomy and physiology, how to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, how to communicate with and motivate clients, employment law, industry-specific legislation, customer service, diet and lifestyle, how to plan group exercise sessions and how to instruct a variety of exercise sessions.

Course content

You will cover:

  • Anatomy and physiology covering 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 communicate with clients effectively and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme
  • Employment law, industry-specific legislation and procedures that apply to their jobs
  • The subsectors that make up the active leisure and learning sector 
  • An understanding of the principles of customer service
  • An understanding of the benefits of a balanced diet and its contribution to a healthy lifestyle
  • How to plan and prepare group exercise sessions
  • How to programme a variety of safe and effective exercise sessions for a range of clients
  • How to instruct a variety of exercise sessions 

You will also study:

  • Level 2 instructing a circuit class
  • Level 2 in Health and Exercise for Children  
  • Planning and designing health and fitness activity for children
  • Deliver a health and fitness activity for children

Entry requirements

3 GCSEs at grade C or above (preferably including English)

Future opportunities

On completion you can progress on to our Level 3 programmes.

  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training (learners must hold a Level 2 Certificate in Gym-based Exercise)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral for Specified Controlled Certificate in Personal Training 
  • Level 3 Award in Programming and Supervising Exercise with Disabled Clients 
  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga 
  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates


Fast-track to an apprenticeship

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gateshead College directly.

Last updated date: 15 April 2016

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