Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: AF20486 GLH: 310 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/8631/2 Units: 12 - 13 Registration End Date: 31st Dec 2021
Level: 2 Minimum Credits: 43

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 10 November 2020

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Exercise, Health and Fitness Studies 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.

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, 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?

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)
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Mat-Based Pilates

Qualification Structure

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

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV20522 H/600/9013 Anatomy and physiology for exercise 2 6 41
UV20523 M/600/9015 Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity 2 2 13
UV20524 T/600/9016 Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment 2 2 16
UV20525 A/600/9017 Principles of exercise, fitness and health 2 4 28
UV20526 F/600/9018 Planning gym-based exercise 2 4 23
UV20527 A/600/9020 Instructing gym-based exercise 2 6 37
UV20580 M/601/4344 Factors affecting participation in sport and physical activity 2 3 21
UV20584 K/601/4679 Leading a healthy lifestyle 2 4 34
UV20585 M/601/7700 People skills in sport and active leisure 2 3 24
UV21523 M/600/6535 Planning and preparing for personal exercise and nutrition 2 3 30
UV21524 K/503/9474 Lifestyle factors and how they affect health 2 3 27

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

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV20323 M/600/4543 Planning a circuit training session 2 1 10
UV20324 T/600/4544 Instructing a circuit training session 2 4 25
UV21295 H/503/7738 Provide basic massage therapy techniques for complementary therapies 2 14 80
UV21501 M/504/4871 Instructing kettlebell training sessions 2 2 8
UV21502 T/504/4872 Planning kettlebell training sessions 2 1 8
UV21525 D/504/7667 Planning studio cycling sessions 2 2 15
UV21526 H/504/7671 Instructing studio cycling sessions 2 2 13

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


*To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

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 Name Telephone Website Location
Reading College 0800 371434 Visit website Berkshire - Reading
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College - Filton Campus 0117 909 2357 Visit website Bristol, City of
Milton Keynes College 01908 637238 Visit website Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
Holistic Therapies Training Academy 01237 472109 Visit website Devon
Harlow College 01279 868000 Visit website Essex
Wigan and Leigh College 01942 761600 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
Highbury College 023 9238 3131 Visit website Hampshire - Portsmouth
Folkestone College 01303 858216 Visit website Kent
Sandwich Technology School 01304 610000 Visit website Kent
The Duke of York's Royal Military School 01304 245023 Visit website Kent
West Thames College 020 8326 2000 Visit website London - Hounslow
The City of Liverpool College - The Learning Exchange 0151 252 3725 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Wirral Metropolitan College - Conway Park Campus 0151 551 7777 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
Wirral Metropolitan College - The Oval Campus 0151 551 7001 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
Moulton College 01604 491131 Visit website Northamptonshire
City of Oxford College part of Activate Learning 01865 550550 Visit website Oxfordshire
Halesowen College 0121 602 8025 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
City of Wolverhampton College - Wellington Road Campus 01902 821074 Visit website West Midlands - Wolverhampton
St Bede's and St Joseph's Catholic College 01274 941941 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford