Level 2 Diploma Active Leisure (Gym Instructor/Fitness Professional)

Start date(s):
30 Aug 2021
1 year
Level 2
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
Active IQ (Active International Qualifications)
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £450, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


Course details may be subject to change

Take your first step towards becoming a personal trainer by qualifying as a Gym Instructor.

Throughout this fitness programme you will study a range of vocational and knowledge based units, including circuit training, gym based exercise, health and safety, sports hall operations and anatomy and physiology.

You will qualify as a fitness and circuits instructor and have the skills to move into employment or progress to personal training.

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This course aims to prepare you for employment within the fitness and leisure industry. The study programme will develop your ability through industry relevant knowledge, skills and practices.


You will study the following units:
  • Fitness Instruction
  • Anatomy
  • Customer Care
  • Planning Gym-based Activities
  • Planning and Delivering Sessions.

You may choose to undertake additional units, such as Kettlebell training.

You will have access to our modern gym facilities where you will have the opportunity to develop your own personal fitness and practice your instructing skills.


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used, including:
  • Assignments
  • Time-constrained assignments
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Observation of practical performance.

The course includes the development and assessment of Functional Skills at the appropriate level in maths and English. Other vocationally relevant and industry-based qualifications on the programme could include: Nutrition and Studio Cycling.

Maths and English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

If you have not achieved a new grade 9-4 or do not hold an A* to C in GCSE maths or English, do not worry, your study programme at college will include teaching that will support you to progress your skills in these subjects. If you achieved a grade 3 or hold a D in either maths or English, you will have the opportunity to re-sit your GCSE qualification with us. If your grade was lower than a 3, or your qualification is below a D, you will study Functional Skills. These qualifications will help you enhance your maths and English skills and can be taken at levels between Entry Level 1 up to and including Level 2. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold a A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.
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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

We have strong links with Newcastle Foundation and professional coaching staff.


You will be expected to undertake a meaningful work placement within the fitness and leisure industry. This is a great opportunity for you to get hands-on experience and develop your skills in a real working environment.


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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

After completing the course, you could progress onto a Level 3 Sport course at New College Durham or gain employment in the professional fitness industry.

What else?


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Fees and funding

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Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an informal interview at the College with a member of our sport team. Your suitability to the course will be assessed at this stage.
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Entry Criteria

You will hold a minimum of a GCSE grade D in English and a sport or science based subject.