Exercise Studies

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Looking to become a Personal Trainer or Fitness Instructor?

This popular Exercise Studies course provides a great introduction to a fitness career. It is popular amongst school leavers, those looking to retrain by broadening their skills as well as students keen to learn more about health and fitness for themselves.

During this short course you will build your confidence and understanding of essential fitness knowledge and exercise programming fundamentals giving an excellent stepping stone towards future fitness qualifications and a gym based career.

Key Course Features

  • A foundation Exercise Studies qualification

  • Gain a Level 1 accreditation

  • Achieve 12 QCF credits

  • Suitable for pre 16 and above

  • Qualify from 3 weeks

  • Our best value fitness qualification

Why choose our Exercise Studies course?

If you have aspirations to become a Fitness Professional then this course teaches you the core skills needed to progress to a Level 2 course such as a Fitness Instructor Certificate or Personal Trainer Certificate.

Upon completion of this course you will have gained understanding of the benefits of exercise and fitness, be able to identify and improve fitness levels and have built your knowledge of how to adopt a fitter, healthier lifestyle.

For many of our students this short qualification offers a gateway to engage in further fitness career development by progressing on to Fitness Instructor, Kids Fitness Instructor, Health and Nutrition and Personal Trainer qualifications.

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Exercise Studies – Course Overview

An entry level qualification

Leads to your Level 1 Award in Exercise Studies

An endorsed qualification

This course is endorsed by the NCFE awarding body

Blended Learning

Study from home with full tutor support

Flexible Payment Options

Save 20% on fees when you pay in full or spread the cost over 3 months

Exercise Studies - Course Fees

Payment Method

Pay in full




A 20% saving on course fees

Payment Method

Pay over 3 months


£75.00 per month


Total course fees £225.00

Exercise Studies - Course Structure

Study three easy to follow modules within your Exercise Studies course. Modules 1 and 2 develop your knowledge of exercise principles and fitness safety factors. Module 3 then builds on your learning looking at training programme design.




Understanding the principles of exercise and fitness


Explore the various demands that regular exercise and fitness activity places upon the body.




Demonstrating awareness of safety factors relating to exercise


Learn how to plan and structure a safe effective exercise session whilst being mindful of the exercise environment and potential hazards around you.




Applying the principles to a training programme


Build your skills in fitness profiling, testing and programme design together with how to re-test and make recommendations for future fitness goals.

Exercise Studies - FAQ’s

The most common questions we’re asked about our Exercise Studies course are listed here. If your question isn’t covered, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Why choose this Exercise Studies course?

This is an excellent introductory programme for those seeking a gym based fitness role. Within our Exercise Studies course you’ll gain a greater understanding of how to improve personal health and fitness together with the benefits of exercise. As you progress the course materials will help you develop your knowledge and confidence which you’ll be able to demonstrate in the portfolio assessment.

Which fitness qualification will I achieve?

You will gain the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) Level 1 Award in Exercise Studies which also comes with 12 recognised credits.

How is the Exercise Studies course assessed?

As part of your course you’ll compile your own portfolio of evidence to gain this qualification. There are no exams and you can both study and complete your portfolio at a pace that’s right for you.

Do I need any existing skills or sports abilities?

No previous fitness or exercise qualification is required.

What previous education is required?

No previous fitness or exercise qualification is required making this course accessible for all.

How old do I need to be?

This course is suitable for pre 16 and above.

How long does the course take to finish?

Many of our students complete this course from 3 weeks, however there is no set time limit enabling you to study at your own pace with the peace of mind that you have a maximum of two years to become qualified.

Is there any expiry date?

No. You will always have this nationally recognised NCFE fitness qualification to hand.

We believe it’s the person that makes a great Fitness Professional.

Our Exercise Studies course will equip you with the industry knowledge, skills and confidence so that you are ready to move forward to a more advanced fitness qualification and ultimately gain employment in a Fitness Instructor or Gym Instructor role. Here you will use your talents with a wide range of clients making a meaningful difference in their exercise habits, helping them to achieve their fitness goals.

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