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Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing

Course code: QCF201

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Kick-start your career as a fitness instructor, from home!

Active IQ are one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations for the active leisure, learning and wellbeing sector and are recognised and regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA. They design qualifications that support clearly defined career pathways for the active leisure sector.

Open Study College is recognised by REPs (The Register of Exercise Professionals) as an endorsed provider of RQF qualifications.

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in fitness instruction, this Active IQ Level 2 Certificate course is ideal for:

  • Students who want to achieve a nationally recognised qualification in fitness instruction
  • Want to go onto further vocational training and placement opportunities
  • Those that want to become a fitness instructor
  • Those who are beginners and have no prior qualifications in fitness training

This Active IQ accredited Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction course enables you to:

  • Become a REPs recognised gym instructor 
  • Develop an understanding of all you need to know to become a qualified Gym Instructor
  • Gain entry on to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at level 2
  • Gain 20 CPD points for REPs membership
  • Attend a 1 day practical assessment/exams at a gym in Birmingham
  • Study your theory knowledge at home, at your own pace
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Course Content

Course Content

QCF Number: 500/8756/3
Unit 1: Anatomy and physiology for exercise (6 credits)
  • Structure and function of the circulatory system
  • Structure and function of the respiratory system
  • Structure and function of the skeleton
  • Joints in the skeleton
  • Muscular system
  • Life-course of the musculoskeletal system and its implications for special populations exercise
  • Energy systems and their relation to exercise
  • Nervous system and its relation to exercise
Unit 2: Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity (2 credits)
  • Form effective working relationships with clients
  • Address barriers to exercise/ physical activity that clients experience
  • Support clients to adhere to exercise/physical activity
  • Provide on-going customer service to clients
Unit 3: Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment (2 credits)
  • Emergency procedures in a fitness environment
  • Health and safety requirements in a fitness environment
  • Control risks in a fitness environment
  • Safeguard children and vulnerable adults
Unit 4: Principles of exercise, fitness and health (4 credits)
  • Effects of exercise on the body
  • Components of fitness
  • Apply the principles and variables of fitness to an exercise programme
  • Exercise contraindications and key safety guidelines for special populations
  • Safely monitor exercise intensity
  • Health benefits of physical activity
  • Importance of healthy eating
Unit 5: Planning gym-based exercise (4 credits)
  • Collect client information to plan gym-based exercise
  • Use client information to plan gym-based exercise
  • Plan gym-based exercise with clients
  • Collect and use client information to plan a gym-based exercise programme
  • Plan a safe and effective gym-based exercise programme with clients
Unit 6: Instructing gym-based exercise (6 credits)
  • How to provide gym-based exercise
  • Prepare self and equipment for gym-based exercise
  • Prepare clients for gym-based exercise
  • Instruct gym-based exercise
  • Supervise clients undertaking gym-based exercise
  • Bring a gym-based exercise session to an end
  • Reflect on providing gym-based exercise
  • Support clients taking part in gym-based exercise
Other Information


This course is assessed by a variety of methods, including 2 multiple-choice examinations, a practical assessment, coursework and a portfolio. Unit 6 formative assessment is assessed via a video. Students are asked to film themselves instructing 5 exercises taken from their program cards in unit 5.

Assessment Day

On the assessment day you will complete the remaining mandatory units of your course. Units 1, 4 and 6.

  • Unit 1- Anatomy & Physiology for exercise -(multiple choice exam)
  • Unit 4 - Principles of exercise fitness and health-(multiple choice exam)
  • Unit 6 - Practical assessment-Instructing a client through 11 exercises taken from your program cards in Unit 5.

Once you have passed your assessments, you may book your exam/practical assessment. Simply call us whenever you're ready and we'll provide you with the details for arranging this. The exam/practical sessions are run on a student demand basis, with 8 students taking the exam/practical sessions at a time. The practical component will take place at a venue in Birmingham.

To attend an assessment day you must have submitted and passed your E-learning, Units 2, 3, 5 and your formative assessment. 

Course Duration

This course will take approximately 157 hours to complete. Students will receive a full year to complete the course, which is a lot more time than you will need. This allows you to work at your own pace, without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study Method

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. You will receive access to an online learning platform including a variety of visual, audio and text-based presentations. You will also have a personal tutor to support you through your course, so help is only a click away!

eLearning System Requirements

You will need Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer, which can be downloaded free of charge from the Adobe website. You will also need to ensure your computer is able to play sound as some of the videos include audio.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an ActiveIQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction. This means that you will achieve a Level 2 qualification on The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In addition, you will earn 20 CPD point for REPs membership. 

Your qualification is accredited by Active IQ, one of the UK's leading Ofqual approved awarding bodies in the health, fitness and active leisure sector. This qualification will provide level 2 entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). REPs is an independent public register which provides regulation for instructors and trainers to ensure that they meet National Occupational Standards agreed by the health and fitness industry. This will enable you to obtain public liability insurance to practise as a Gym Instructor.

Membership with REPs is valued and respected, enhancing employability, and is recognised in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Open Study College is endorsed by PD: Approval and our qualifications are recognised by REPs.


Your Questions Answered

What are the requirements needed to enrol onto this course?

Students must be 16 or over to enrol on this course and a degree of physical fitness is necessary to complete the practical assessments. It is also recommended that you have some experience of gym-based exercise, including free weights, and basic level communication skills.

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. It is truly flexible and is designed to be adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

How do I arrange to attend my assessment day?

Once you have passed your Learner Achievement Portfolio, you may book to confirm your attendance. Simply email your tutor who will advise you on assessment dates. Alternatively call us whenever you're ready and we'll provide you with the details for arranging this. The practical sessions are run on a student demand basis, with 8 students taking the practical sessions at a time.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Practical assessment and examination based in a fitness centre in Birmingham
  • Online learning platform
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.


I can study around my busy schedule

I like that I can do all my work from home and the online learning facilities are easy to use and extremely effective. I like that I can study around my busy schedule.

- Frances Layland

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For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours a week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may also be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
  • Have a valid email address and can access it

Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

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