Health, Fitness & Wellbeing

L2 Level 2
Full Time
2 September 2024 — 27 June 2025
Cardiff International Sports Campus

About this course

The aim of this qualification is to provide those learners who have an interest in fitness, health and gym related activities with the additional knowledge to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry as a Fitness Instructor.

This course will also allow you to progress onto the Personal Training qualification at Level 3 (Practitioner). As well as the certificate in Gym instructing, you will also achieve YMCA Level 2 Award in Engaging Children and Young People in Sport and Physical Activity and YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Group Exercise Instructing: Circuit Training.

You will be required to purchase molded football boots before commencing this course, in order to take part in practical sessions, which is an essential part of the course. You may be eligible for support with these costs. Please contact us for further information.

This course is for...

- Individuals aged 19+

- Those wishing to progress on to further learning within the health and fitness or active leisure sectors

What you will study

To achieve your YMCA Level 2 Diploma in Gym Instructing You must complete the following units. This qualification is endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the management of sport and physical activity (CIMSPA). You will learn about:       

• Anatomy and physiology for exercise and fitness instructors

Providing a positive customer experience in the exercise environment

Lifestyle management and health awareness

Understanding employment within the health and fitness sector

Developing self

Mental health awareness and support

Working with inactive people

Working in the community to promote and deliver physical activity programmes

Principles of engaging children and young people in sport and physical activity

A basic understanding of safeguarding and protecting children and young people

Planning sport and physical activity for children and young people

Delivering sport and physical activity for children and young people

• Gym-based programme planning and preparation      • Gym-based programme delivery and professional instruction

Principles of planning and delivering group exercise

Plan and deliver group circuit training

2 hrs of Essential Skills weekly (or GCSE resit)

1 hr E-Tutorial and Tutorial weekly


Learners will make use of the fantastic facilities at both CISC and House of Sport over the duration of the course. Gym facilities and equipment available for all on course practical delivery. 

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs Grades A* - D. English Language and/or Maths (or equivalent) desirable or relevant Level 1 Diploma in Sport or relevant industry-related experience.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

2 September 2024

End date

27 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

18 hours per week


Cardiff International Sports Campus
Maps & directions

Course code



YMCA Level 2 Diploma in Exercise and Fitness Instructing


What our students say

Over the past 2 years Matt and Wes have helped me develop my love for fitness into a full-time career and hobby. They have helped turn in my passion and enthusiasm into a successful business where I can comfortably and professionally work with clients of all types. I really would like to thank them both for sticking with me throughout, and helping me become the PT I am today.

William Lloyd
Studied YMCA Diploma in Exercise and Fitness Instructing Level 2
Studied YMCA Diploma in Exercise and Fitness Instructing Level 2

Career prospects & further study


Growth predicted until 2025.

This course will also allow you to progress onto the Personal Training qualification at Level 3 (Practitioner).

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Cardiff International Sports Campus
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