Foundations of S & C - Level 2 (Online) - Level 2 Certificate


Foundations of S & C - Level 2 (Online)


This YMCA Awards Level 2 Foundations of Strength and Conditioning (Trainer) course will start your journey towards working in the strength and conditioning industry. It is the entry-level qualification needed to work in a gym in a strength and conditioning capacity. 

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Course Summary

This qualification is equivalent to a gym or fitness instructor course and should be recognised as the entry course needed to work in a gym-based environment. You'll cover all the skills and knowledge needed to deliver one-to-one and small-group sessions, safely in a gym-based environment. 

The existing Gym Instructor qualification tends to focus on maintaining the general health and fitness of members of the public, whereas the S&C (Trainer) is geared towards learners who specifically want to coach sports teams, enhance performance and improve the efficiency of their clients’ movements.

The key word in the title of this qualification name is 'foundations'. This course will provide you with a solid knowledge and skill foundation in strength and conditioning, focusing on understanding how the body moves and how exercise can be used to improve the performance of movement. This skills and knowledge foundation can be applied to a whole range of clients and is not specifically aimed at athletes. 

Improve your coaching with a better understanding of how the body moves and how to progress exercises and training plans effectively.

How You're Taught

This course is fully online, all course materials, lectures and practical videos are provided and delivered using our online learning portal. 

You'll need to be able to access the internet for this course and will also require access to a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Larger screened devices are preferable for most of the content.

The course has been structured so that you access the online learning portal from wherever or whenever you wish. You work through the lessons in the order that they show, there are video lectures, reading and quizzes to support your studies. 



Mandatory Units

Anatomy and physiology for exercise and fitness instructors

  • Online assessment workbook (part a)
  • 30 Question Multiple Choice Exam (70% - 21/30+ pass mark)

Providing a positive customer experience in the exercise environment

  • Online assessment workbook (part b)
  • Some criteria covered in practical assessment

Lifestyle management and health awareness

  • Online assessment workbook (part a)

Qualification Specific Units

Plan and prepare strength and conditioning training

  • Knowledge Questions
  • Participant Consultation
  • Youth consultation task
  • Programming for participant
  • Some criteria covered in the practical assessment

Delivering strength and conditioning training

  • Small group (3 to 5 people) warm-up including foundational movements and strength training
  • Energy System Delivery
  • Full practical session delivered to client one-to-one
Foundations of S & C - Level 2 (Online)


The level 2 Foundations in Strength and Conditioning (Trainer) course is your first step into the world of S & C, it is a course which provides the skills and knowledge of how exercise can support better function within the movement, leading to an improvement in performance. At level 2 this performance improvement isn't specifically and/or exclusively to sports, its more generalised so can be applied to anyone including athletes and general population clients. The following diagram highlights the progression routes within S and C.

Entry Requirement

Learners must be aged 16 plus. Ideally, they should have some experience of strength and conditioning-based exercises through personal practice and should have a certain amount of physical fitness. Learners should also have communication skills pitched at level 2 which can be developed during the course.


The qualification is split into ‘mandatory units’ and ‘qualification specific units’. The mandatory units are the same across several level 2 qualifications and relate generally to exercise and fitness and the type of environments and type of general population clients you may encounter. Whereas the qualification-specific units are specific to the strength and conditioning content.

Mandatory Units

Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Fitness Instructors
Providing a Positive Customer Experience in the Exercise Environment
Lifestyle Management and Health Awareness

Qualification Specific Units

Plan and Prepare Strength and Conditioning
Delivering Strength and Conditioning


Fees & Funding

The fee for this course is £. A £100 deposit is required to secure your place on the course.

***The course delivery for this qualification is all completed ONLINE***

How to Apply

How to Apply

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You'll be taken to a booking details page, enter your information, and choose your payment method.

Payment methods include:

  • Pay for your course
    • £100.00 deposit, then pay the remainder before you start
    • Or pay in full now
  • Envisage Payment Plan
    • Arrange a payment plan with us so that you can spread the payments over 3 months or 6 months. 
  • Invoice
    • Is your employer or another organisation paying for the course for you? If so, choose invoice and you'll not be charged anything up front, we'll then contact you for further details.

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