ACTIVEIQ L2 Diploma in Health and Fitness

Get a solid introduction to working in the sport and leisure industry with the Exercise, Health and Fitness Studies Level 2 Diploma.

This course prepares you for future employment in places such as leisure centres, fitness studios and retail sports outlets or for progression to our Sport Level 3 National Extended Diploma.

This course provides you with a high quality, industry-recognised qualification that is also recognised on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). It is suitable for those who wish to enter the exercise and fitness industry as a gym instructor and want to work towards becoming a Personal Trainer.


You will learn a range of units that cover:

  • how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  • health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  • principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • anatomy and physiology for exercise

On successful completion of this course, you will gain a nationally recognised Level 2 Fitness Instructors qualification. You will be able to assess clients, devise a personalised training programme and deliver a training session confidently.

The course involves a mixture of theoretical and practically based work.

Assessment is through a mixture of practical assessments, portfolio evidence and short answer examinations.

Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above, including English language and maths, or achievement on a Level 1 Foundation Pathway, including Functional Skills Maths and English at Level 1.

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment.

All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.

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Why Merrist Wood College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 100+

    different courses

  • 50+

    years of experience in teaching land-based subjects

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