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In Short

The aim of this course is to prepare candidates for entry into the fitness industry working in a gym based environment and is a follow on qualification from the level 2 qualification in Fitness Instructing (Gym). Candidates will broaden their skills as a gym instructor by developing their ability to plan and deliver safe and effective non-music based circuit training sessions. The course will be delivered over 8 weeks with an extra day for assessments.


Entry Requirements

Students aged 16+ wishing to pursue a career in the health and fitness sector as gym-based fitness instructor. Candidates should hold a Level 2 qualification in gym instructing as listed and recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). Some experience of circuit training is useful but not essential. 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 candidates should have basic skills in communication pitched at level 2.

Course Content

This qualification comprises two mandatory units: Unit 1 – Planning a Group Circuit Training Session Unit 2 – Instructing a Group Circuit Training Session Unit Content Unit 1 – Planning a Group Circuit Training Session At the end of this unit the candidate will be able to demonstrate, through planning their own circuit sessions(s), knowledge of the different types of circuit class and how to structure a safe and effective circuit training session. Assessment: Internally assessed detailed session plan to include warm up, main session and cool down components, with circuit layout, teaching points, objectives and alternative exercises. Unit 2 – Instructing a Group Circuit Training Session At the end of this unit the candidate will be able to demonstrate the teaching skills required for the instruction of a non-music based group circuit training session, to include warm up, main session and cool down. Assessment: Internally assessed direct observation of candidate instructing a circuit training session. Candidates are also required to evaluate their own performance and write an action plan for improvement.

How will I be assessed?

The first unit is theoretical and all candidates will be required to complete workbooks to evidence they have covered in the course content. The second unit will deliver the practical based element of the course. Both units will be completed in three sessions. Practical workout kit will need to be worn for these sessions. Students will be assessed on a date to be confirmed 9am-5pm.


In addition to notes taken during sessions, comprehensive subject workbooks and handouts are provided to each student.



Rehabilitation of offenders: To help us look after students and assess risks, you will be asked to declare any unspent criminal convictions when you apply to do a course at Weymouth College. We are committed to providing an inclusive learning environment for all. We welcome people with additional learning needs and/or disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds in all minority groups within the community, ensuring students receive fair treatment when studying at Weymouth College. Copies of the College’s Equality and Diversity policies can be found in the Library.

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