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Fitness Instructor BTEC level 2 at Frome Community College

Course description

The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (QCF) is a specialist qualification for learners who work in, or want to work in the health and fitness industry. It gives the learners the opportunity to:

•  develop knowledge and skills related to health and fitness

•  achieve a nationally-recognized Level 2 qualification

•  develop their own personal growth and engagement in learning.

Learners who achieve the BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (QCF) can progress to the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training (QCF), work in the leisure industry as a fitness  instructor, lifeguard, leisure centre staff, recreational assistant, coaching assistant.

Course content

The BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (QCF) is made up of six units, four mandatory units and two additional units, the minimum number of credits that must be achieved is 23.

There are four mandatory units:

Unit 1  Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment

Unit 2  Principles of exercise, fitness and health

Unit 3  Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity

Unit 4  Anatomy and physiology for exercise

Additional units include:

Unit 5  Planning gym based exercise

Unit 6  Instructing gym based exercise

Learners must pass each of the learning outcomes and satisfy all assessment criteria.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for Level 2 Courses is five GCSE passes at Grade G or above, which must include maths and English language.


These qualifications now include external examinations and internally assessed work. The exam board specifies very strict rules for internal assessment. Students are expected to meet specific deadlines in order to be successful on these courses.

Future opportunities

The Level 2 ‘GCSE Plus’ Foundation Year Programme has been successfully running for a number of years and has grown considerably in the past two years.

Many students, having completed this year, continue at Frome Sixth Form for another two years to complete Level 3 subjects. The government funds students for three years of sixth form study and it is the expectation that all students remain in education, training or employment until the end of the academic year in which they turn 18.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September