VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Exercise, Health and Fitness Studies

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Qualification Information

VTCT Product CodeAF20486
Qualification Number600/8631/2
GLH310 - 374
Units12 - 13
Minimum Credits43
Age Restriction16+
Registration End Date31/07/2018

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Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Exercise, Health and Fitness Studies (QCF) is a substantial vocational qualification that develops the knowledge, understanding and technical skills needed to become a fitness instructor in gym based exercise. This qualification has been specifically designed for the 16-19 year old age group, is based on fitness National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) as being fit for purpose for those learners seeking employment as a fitness instructor.

What does this qualification cover?

The mandatory units in this qualification will develop the knowledge and skills of learners to work effectively and competently as a fitness instructor in a gym based exercise setting. The mandatory units include: anatomy and physiology for exercise; principles of exercise health and fitness; know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity; health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment; planning and instructing gym based execrise; factors affecting participation; leading a healthy lifestyle; people skills; planning and preparing personal exercise and nutrition and lifetsyle factors and their effects on health.

Learners will further develop their knowledge and skills of more specialist areas of fitness instructing including: kettlebell training; studio cycling; circuit training and massage therapy.

This qualification is the only qualification that VTCT offer, suitable for learners wishing to study full time who wish to pursue a career in gym based fitness instructing whilst acquiring additional skills that will complement the gym instructor role e.g. Kettlebell Training, Studio Cycling, Circuit Training or basic Massage Therapy.

In contrast, the VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (QCF), gym-based exercise pathway, would be more suitable for learners wishing to study part time to acquire a qualification in gym-based exercise only.

What could this qualification lead to?

Learners who complete this qualification are eligible to join the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) as a Level 2 fitness instructor.

Employment opportunities as a fitness instructor exist in a variety of gym based settings including:

- Leisure centres and health clubs
- Hotels and spa

Whilst this qualification's primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as a Level 2 fitness instructor, learners may choose to further develop their knowledge and skills and employment opportunities by undertaking a Technical Level qualification at Level 3, in a related discipline, these include:

- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Specific Populations) (QCF)
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral (QCF)
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Mat-Based Pilates (QCF)

Qualification Structure*

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 11 units and earn a minimum of 40 credits.

Unit CodeUnit Ref.Unit TitleLevelCreditsGLH
UV20522H/600/9013Anatomy and physiology for exercise2641
UV20523M/600/9015Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity2213
UV20524T/600/9016Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment2216
UV20525A/600/9017Principles of exercise, fitness and health2428
UV20526F/600/9018Planning gym-based exercise2423
UV20527A/600/9020Instructing gym-based exercise2637
UV20580M/601/4344Factors affecting participation in sport and physical activity2321
UV20584K/601/4679Leading a healthy lifestyle2434
UV20585M/601/7700People skills in sport and active leisure2324
UV21523M/600/6535Planning and preparing for personal exercise and nutrition2330
UV21524K/503/9474Lifestyle factors and how they affect health2327

Optional - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 1 units and earn a minimum of 3 credits.

Unit CodeUnit Ref.Unit TitleLevelCreditsGLH
UV20323M/600/4543Planning a circuit training session2110
UV20324T/600/4544Instructing a circuit training session2425
UV21295H/503/7738Provide basic massage therapy techniques for complementary therapies21480
UV21501M/504/4871Instructing kettlebell training sessions228
UV21502T/504/4872Planning kettlebell training sessions218
UV21525D/504/7667Planning studio cycling sessions2215
UV21526H/504/7671Instructing studio cycling sessions2213

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.

Centres approved to run this qualification

VTCT accredits centres to offer our qualifications, but cannot advise which centres are running particular courses at any time. Please contact the centre directly to find out if they currently offering your chosen qualification.

NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

Centre NameTelephoneWebsiteLocation
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College - Filton Campus0117 909 2357http://www.sgscol.ac.ukBristol, City of
Milton Keynes College01908 637238http://www.mkcollege.ac.ukBuckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
New College Durham0191 375 4000http://www.newcollegedurham.ac.ukDurham
Harlow College01279 868000http://www.harlow-college.ac.ukEssex
Out of Your Comfort Zone CIC07810 866857Gloucestershire - South Gloucestershire
Wigan and Leigh College01942 761600http://www.wigan-leigh.ac.ukGreater Manchester - Wigan
Highbury College023 9238 3131http://www.highbury.ac.ukHampshire - Portsmouth
East Kent College - Folkestone01303 858216http://www.eastkentcollege.ac.ukKent
Sandwich Technology School01304 610000Kent
abundantUK Ltd01476 568378http://www.a-uk.comLincolnshire
West Thames College020 8326 2000http://www.west-thames.ac.ukLondon - Hounslow
Knowsley Community College0151 477 5850http://www.knowsleycollege.ac.ukMerseyside - Knowsley
Wirral Metropolitan College - Conway Park Campus0151 551 7777http://wmc.ac.ukMerseyside - Wirral
Wirral Metropolitan College - The Oval Campus0151 551 7001http://wmc.ac.ukMerseyside - Wirral
Moulton College01604 491131http://www.moulton.ac.uk/Northamptonshire
City of Oxford College part of Activate Learning01865 550550http://www.activatelearning.ac.ukOxfordshire
South and City College Birmingham - Bordesley Green07799 533721http://www.sccb.ac.ukWest Midlands - Birmingham
Halesowen College0121 602 8025http://www.halesowen.ac.ukWest Midlands - Dudley
City of Wolverhampton College - Metro One Centre01902 836000http://www.wolvcoll.ac.ukWest Midlands - Wolverhampton
City of Wolverhampton College - Wellington Road Campus01902 821074http://www.wolvcoll.ac.ukWest Midlands - Wolverhampton
St Bede's and St Joseph's Catholic College01274 941941http://www.sbsj.co.ukWest Yorkshire - Bradford
National Sports College+353 85 800 1221http://www.nsc.ieIreland
Sligo Community Training Centre+353 71 914 5248http://www.sligoctc.comIreland
Neath Port Talbot College - Coleg Castell Nedd Port Talbot01639 648200http://www.nptcgroup.ac.ukNeath Port Talbot
R&M Training Ltd07951 606867Rhondda Cynon Taff