Sport, Fitness & Health

Prepare for a career in active leisure or public services, learning with expert tutors and with access to great facilities.

Fact Sheet

Level 1 – An introduction to a healthy, active lifestyle and outdoor activities. Classroom sessions will develop your maths and English, as well as your study and employability skills.

Level 2 – Exercise and Fitness – This course is designed for those wanting to work in the sport and fitness industry.
Outdoor – Suitable for those who want to work in active leisure or to pursue careers in the public services. It has a practical emphasis whilst developing organisational and leadership skills required for employment in outdoor and active pursuits as well as careers in public services. Both options will allow you to continue to develop maths and / or English if required and also gain an award in Sports Leadership or Stewarding.

Level 3 – Combine academic studies with developing your sport and exercise skills and want a job-focused alternative to A Levels. Develop your leadership, organisation, and communication skills. YMCA Level 2 Fitness Instructor and YMCA Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training are embedded in this course.

Key elements:

  • Fitness Testing
  • Fitness Training Methods/Instruction
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology and physiology
  • Injury/Sport Massage
  • Maths & English
  • Work experience
  1. Enthusiastic, expert tutors.
  2. National and international trips.
  3. Excellent equipment and facilities.
  4. Opportunity for work experience in local clubs and leisure centres.
  5. Progression to level 3 and higher education at GYC.

Fitness and Personal Trainer, Sports Masseur, Sports Psychologist, Coach, Play Worker, Outdoor Pursuits Specialist, Sports/Fitness Centre Manager, Holiday Centre/Resort Fitness Suite Worker/ Manager, Sports Conditioning Trainer, Physical Activity Lead

What can I go on to do?

  • Enter employment
  • An apprenticeship
  • Progress to a degree programme or other higher education programme

If you are aged 16-19 and have not achieved GCSE grade A*-C in English and maths, any programme you choose will require you to continue studying English and maths.

Aaron Monson

Aaron, a former BTEC Sport and Exercise Level 3 student is now a sports apprentice, sports therapist and gym instructor and a topof- the-bill kick-boxer. Aaron was named the Outstanding BTEC sports student in the UK at a celebration in London after completing his two-year course at GYC.

As a teenager, Aaron Monson tipped the scales at more than 22 stone, with a diet of fast food and was, by his own admission, a couch potato. Today, at a trim 13 stone Aaron’s story of extreme weight loss and how he turned his life around from a man who liked to go out drinking and ate fast food to a fitness worker in the peak of health is an inspiring one.

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