Department of Sport and Exercise Science

Short Courses

Fitness Instructing: Gym-Based Exercise

  • Course Type: Short Course
  • Mode of delivery: Direct contact
  • Hours: 40 taught + 118 independent study hours
  • Start date: September 2018
  • Cost: £250 (DSES students) / £500 (external learners)

All learners must have a demonstrable interest in fitness training and be able to demonstrate competency in fitness training principles and anatomy and physiology at Level 2. This can be evidenced by previous certification, or Recognition of Prior Experience or Learning can be assessed.

Successful completion of the course will provide a certificate in Fitness Instructing – Gym-Based Exercise and will allow you to be employed in a gym as a fitness instructor and progress to further qualifications, such as Personal Training and Exercise Referral


This course aims to develop confidence and competence in exercise training principles for fitness instruction. This course provides theoretical underpinning to consolidate knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and principles of exercise, fitness and health. Problem-based learning approaches are used to develop customer service skills and awareness of medico-legal responsibilities in relation to physical activity programmes. The course is largely practical based and 80% of the scheduled time is spent in the fitness facility to develop teaching competencies in gym-based exercise.


The course will be assessed by a learner achievement portfolio. The portfolio includes worksheets, multiple choice tests, a programme card, four detailed exercise plans, delivery of an exercise session with a client and a self-evaluation of performance. This is a mandatory artefact and must be satisfactorily completed to be awarded a pass (>70%). Formative assessment will be provided on pre-course tasks and during the classroom-based workshops and practical sessions.

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