Course Information

Who is the course for?

These new and exciting health and fitness industry accredited courses are for students who have a desire and interest in working within the sport and leisure industry as a fitness instructor. A passion for sport will be developed along with learning how to research, design and implement tailored exercise programmes and improve the fitness levels and participation in gym-based fitness activities for a variety of clients.

The course will enable students to gain a nationally-recognised qualification within the fitness industry and allow them to progress into the work place with a sound underpinning knowledge and understanding gym instructing.

Each course is also recognised and accredited by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS). Learners should be at least 18 years old and have an awareness of using a gym.

What does the course involve?

The course will include both theoretical and practical elements throughout the programme, these will consist of:

  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  • Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity

What makes this course special?

  • Recognised as the Gold Standard in qualifications for the health and fitness industry
  • Nationally recognised qualification with REPs
  • Progression onto the YMCA Level 3 Personal Trainer programme

Entry Requirements

At least one GCSE in the A* – C range, or an appropriate Level 1 qualification and a keen interest in instructing health and fitness.

What are the assessment methods?

The course is based on continual and summative assessment methods:

  • Written examination (online)
  • Practical assessment
  • Written coursework
  • Presentations

How long is the course?

10 weeks.

What are the College attendance requirements?

Various attendance is needed over 10 weeks at Bridgwater & Taunton College (practical kit required). The following elements will be included:

  • Course introduction
  • Training week
  • Practical assessment
  • Self-study hours to practise and revise for assessments.

What are the progression options?

  • YMCA Level 3 Personal Trainer programme
  • Employment options as a personal trainer
  • Apprenticeship programmes


Working in both private and local authority run sport centres, privately-owned gyms and health and fitness companies, and cruise ships.

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