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Health, Fitness and Exercise Instruction YMCA Level 2 Diploma at Waltham Forest College

Course description

This qualification is aimed at students who want to work in the health and fitness industry and is the industry required qualification for working in a gym.

Course content

Whilst studying this course you will acquire knowledge and understanding of:

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 
English and/or Maths

Entry requirements

4 A-C grade GCSE including at least maths or English.
A passion for health and fitness


You will be assessed using a range of methods:
Multiple choice examination
Portfolio of evidence
Practical demonstration/assignment
Written examinatio

Future opportunities

This course is a mandatory prerequisite for anyone wishing to study Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. It can also lead to further level 3 study of sport and/or employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 July 2017
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    • Train:

      Trains run to Walthamstow Central from Liverpool Street station (a bus can then be taken to the College, see below). Wood Street station is approximately a 10-minute walk from the College.


      The Victoria Line ends at Walthamstow Central, which is approximately a 15-minute walk to the College. Alternatively, you can get a bus, see below.


      From Walthamstow Central:Bus 275 stops outside the College, 212 stops across the road from the College (Shernhall Street). Buses 97, 357, 34 or 215 stop at the 'Bell Corner' (junction of Hoe Street and Forest Road). From here, the College is approximately five-minute walk.

      From Blackhorse Road Tube Station: Bus 123 also stops outside the College on route between Tottenham and Ilford