YMCA Diploma in Health, Fitness and Exercise Instruction Level 2

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Sport, Travel and Public Services



Mode of Study

Mode of Study
Full Time


Usk Campus

Start Date

Start Date
01 September 2021


1 year

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 4 GCSEs grade D or above to include either Maths/Numeracy or English/Welsh 1st Language; or an appropriate Level 1 Diploma qualification in the relevant vocational area to include either GCSE Maths/Numeracy or English/Welsh 1st Language grade.

In a nutshell

This course combines classroom-based theory study and practical skills enhancement to develop your interest and understanding in health, fitness and exercise.

This course is for you if...

...You have a keen interest in health and fitness
...You are a physical learner and an active person
...You’d like a deeper understanding of the science behind sport

What will I be doing?

During this course you’ll study units such as:

  • Anatomy and physiology (exam)
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health (exam)
  • How to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments
  • How to communicate with clients effectively and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme
  • Employment law and industry legislation
  • The principles of customer service
  • An understanding of the benefits of a balanced diet
  • How to plan and prepare group exercise sessions
  • How to adapt exercise to suit varied fitness levels
  • How to instruct a variety of exercise sessions
  • Planning and instructing health related exercise and physical activity for children

You’ll be assessed via e-assessment, multiple choice and written examinations, a portfolio and practical assignments. Upon completion, you’ll achieve:

At the Usk Campus, you’ll also study the Level 2 Group Indoor Cycling Award and have the opportunity to complete indoor circuits and kettle bells qualifications. At Crosskeys Campus, you’ll also study the Community Sports Leadership qualification.

What is expected of me?

To enter the course, you’ll need a minimum of 4 GCSEs Grade D or above to include either Maths/Maths Numeracy or English/Welsh First Language or an appropriate Level 1 Diploma qualification in the relevant vocational area to include either GCSE Maths/Maths Numeracy or English/Welsh First Language.

Full commitment to attendance is required and practical participation in a fitness gym is essential in completing this course. You’ll need to have a passion to become a qualified fitness instructor, be determined to pass the theory exams and practical assessments. You should also be self-motivated, hardworking and punctual.

What comes next?

BTEC Pearson Extended Diploma Sport/YMCA Personal Training Level 3 or employment in the fitness industry.

Additional information

Dress code:

  • Coleg Gwent sports kit must be worn for all practical sessions
  • Appropriate sports trainers must be worn for all practical sessions
  • No piercings or jewellery to be worn during practical sessions

You’ll need to purchase the Coleg Gwent Sports Kit and manuals to supprt your learning, the approximate cost of this is £100 - £110. Details will be provided at enrolment on how to buy these items but they must be purchased prior to the start of the course.

Usk Campus
(Full Time)
Start Date: 01 September 2021

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

Contact our Student Recruitment team

All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

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