Sport & Exercise

Gym Instructor (Level 2)

This is the ideal starting point for those who wish to work as a Gym Instructor in the health and fitness industry.

Whether you are seeking a career change, wish to add to your curriculum vitae (CV) or would like to progress towards becoming a Personal Trainer, this course is for you.


• How to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments • How to program safe and effective exercise for a range of clients • How to communicate with and motivate clients • How to plan a Gym based exercise program using cardiovascular equipment, fixed and free weights • How to effectively deliver a Gym based session

Format & Assessment

This course is Tutor led and delivered in a 4 day format. You will be provided with worksheets and asked to complete homework tasks in the evening and before your assessment.

Assessment involves a theory assessment, a practical teaching assessment and worksheets.

The underpinning knowledge for all level 2 courses is the mandatory Theory module which is to be completed as distance learning. Following Registration, the Course Director will provide you with a Theory course manual. Begin to read and revise.

Some additional theory tutorials can be provided for students without a background in fitness and exercise.

The theory assessment is 2 x 60 minute multiple choice papers

  1. Anatomy and Physiology
  2. Principles of Exercise, Fitness & Health

You will be practically assessed for this course delivering a 45 minute (approx.) Gym based session. Please note that you will be required to bring a client to your assessment


  • Students - £395
  • Non Students - £445

Registration & Payment

Register and pay for the Gym Instructor level 2 course at the Pleasance Sports Complex & Gym reception. You may pay by cash or card.

Course Location

Sport & Exercise, The University of Edinburgh, 46 Pleasance, Edinburgh. EH8 9TJ

Please report to the Bells Meeting Room at 9am on the first day of the course.

Please note you will be required to bring a client to your Assessment.


Course Course dates Assessment Date Student cost/Non-student cost
Theory Distance Learning 10 November 2018, 09.00-11.00, Bells Meeting Room  
Practical 3 & 4 November and 10 & 11 November 2018 24 & 25 November 2018 £395/£445
Theory Distance Learning 15 June 2019, 09.00-11.00, Bells Meeting Room  
Practical 8 & 9 June and 15 &16 June 2019 22 & 23 June 2019 £395/£445