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YMCA Awards Diploma in Promoting Health & Wellness Level 2 at Bolton College

Course description

Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

The level 2 course consists of 14 YMCA units developing a sound understanding for working in the health & fitness industry from a theoretical and practical perspective. It provides learners with the knowledge and skills required to advance their careers towards Level 2 fitness instructing or becoming advanced fitness professionals.

Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.

Course content

What you'll learn

The full-time (16 hours per week) ONE-year course includes classroom theory-based sessions and practical fitness instruction training - preparing learners to deliver health & fitness based training sessions in a range of fitness environments such as gyms, sports halls, and the outdoors.

  • Principles of Exercise, Fitness & Health (Multiple choice exam)
  • Anatomy & Physiology for Exercise (Multiple choice exam)
  • Food Groups & Digestion
  • Diet & Nutrition for Healthy Living
  • Planning Gym-based Exercise
  • Instructing Gym-based Exercise
  • Health, Safety & Welfare in a Fitness Environment
  • Know How to Support Clients Who Take Part in Exercise & Physical Activity
  • Engage Communities in Physical Activity
  • Know How to Promote Health for Wellness
  • Utilising Enterprise Skills
  • Delivery of Effective Customer Service
  • Plan & Prepare a Walking Session
  • Lead a Walking Session

We encourage our students to continue their English & maths study to Level 3

Elements of study

Your programme consists of the following elements:

  • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
  • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
  • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
  • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
  • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)

Entry requirements

To apply for the course, you need a dedicated ambition of a career in sport and at least two GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. All potential learners will also be interviewed by staff to assess their suitability.


Learners are assessed using a variety of different methods, such as multiple choice examinations, worksheets, observation, practical assessments and presentations. Some units have more practical assignments that require visits to local sports facilities for activities.

Financial information

Government-funded Further Education courses are usually free if you are aged 16-18 and are a British or European Union resident.  Financial help is available for some students, whose families are on low income. If you’re worried about the cost of going to College, why not pop in for a friendly chat with our Student Services team?

For any financial queries or information about available bursaries, feel free to contact Student Services at Deane Road by calling 01204 482 181/195 and asking for a member of the Student Finance Team; or alternatively, come by and see us – we’re here to help!

Future opportunities

Learners may progress onto Level 3 courses - including the YMCA Level 3 Personal Training Diploma, the BTEC Level 3 courses, or directly into working in the health & fitness industry.

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Following further study you could work as:

  • A Fitness Instructor where you could earn between £14,000 and £20,000 a year, depending on experience.
  • A Personal Trainer, earning between £12,000 and £20,000 a year.
  • A PE Teacher, earning between £22,000 and £32,000 a year.

Further information

Our £75 million campus offers:

  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee
  • Wella-approved hair salons

We also have a wide range of events throughout the year including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.

Number 1 for Achievement Rates

We’re the number one General FE and Tertiary College for 16-18 achievement rates in Greater Manchester.

Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’

Ofsted also agrees; in February we were inspected and graded 2 for ‘Good’. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.


We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:

  • Opportunity to join football teams and basketball teams
  • Activity trips - including Mountain Biking, Skiing and Go Ape!
  • A range of sports to try out – including badminton, volleyball and kwik cricket


The College will support you throughout your time here; you will receive personal support from both your tutor and your Learning & Development Mentor. Support is also available from our dedicated Student Services team for personal, financial and careers guidance.

During their recent visit in February 2017, Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career”.

Open Events

Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.

Thursday 12th October 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 4.30pm - 8pm

Futures4Me Event

Thursday 28th September 2017, 3.30pm – 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 24 September 2017
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