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Course Code: SFVSP121

Course Level: Level 3

Study Mode: Full-Time

Course Type: Vocational Courses

Course overview

For individuals passionate about health and fitness, this course will equip you with the skills to inspire and empower others to achieve their fitness goals. Dive into the principles of gym instructing, learning to create effective workout plans and provide personalised guidance to clients, mastering techniques to motivate and support clients on their fitness journey.

With hands-on experience and expert guidance, this course will prepare you to pursue rewarding careers as gym instructors and personal trainers, making a positive impact on the lives of others.

You will study 4 days per week, including compulsory work experience to give you the employability skills needed to work in the industry.

You will need a minimum of four or more high grades at GCSE in subjects relevant to the course you’d like to study, including maths and/or English Language at grade 4 or above. Alternatively, you’ll need a Level 2 Diploma with overall Merit in a relevant subject and maths and English at appropriate levels. 

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 undertake 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 might 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 There are online resources to support you on this course and additional learning support if required.

If you wish to find out more you can contact Rochelle Mayer, by emailing:

On completion of the course you will gain your YMCA L2 Diploma in Exercise and Fitness Instructing and your L3 Diploma in Personal Training( Practitioner) 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.

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group, please contact Charlotte Robertson on 01782 254141 or email

College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £26,000 can receive up to £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