Fitness Instructor – Level 2


This qualification provides the knowledge and skills to enable learners to plan, deliver and evaluate safe and effective sessions. This qualification will provide entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals at Level 2 and can be achieved in the context of gym, exercise to music, water-based exercise and physical activity for children.

Entry requirements

This qualification is open to all but you must be over 16.

The course requires physical exertion and individual participation is essential; therefore, a degree of physical fitness is necessary. There is also an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved and learners should have basic skills in communication pitched at level 2.

Qualification Structure and Credit Value

The learner must achieve 4 mandatory units from group M and one optional pairing in the context of either Gym, Exercise to Music, Water based Exercise or Exercise and Physical Activity for Children.

Mandatory Units

  • Unit 1 - Anatomy and physiology for exercise
  • Unit 2 - Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  • Unit 3 - Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  • Unit 4 - Principles of exercise, fitness and health

Optional pathways

  • Pathway 1 - Gym-based
    • Unit 5 - Planning gym-based exercise
    • Unit 6 - Instructing gym-based exercise
  • Pathway 2- Exercise to Music
    • Unit 7 - Planning group exercise to music sessions
    • Unit 8 - Instructing group exercise to music
  • Pathway 3- Water-based Exercise
    • Unit 9 - Instructing water-based exercise
    • Unit 10 - Planning water-based exercise
  • Pathway 4- Exercise and physical Activity for Children
    • Unit 11- Planning health related exercise and physical activity for children
    • Unit 12 - Instructing health related exercise and physical activity to children


Internally assessed:

  • Coursework
  • Multiple Choice Examination
  • Portfolio of Evidence
  • Practical Demonstration / Assignment