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Award in Delivering Exercise to Children and Adolescents

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Award in Delivering Exercise to Children and Adolescents

Assessment Requirements Portfolio of Evidence

This qualification is internally assessed and internally quality assured by Centre staff and externally quality assured by Innovate Awarding External Quality Advisors (EQAs).

Aims and objectives of the qualification

This qualification aims to equip the individual with the underpinning knowledge and practical skills required to plan, deliver and manage gym based exercise for children and adolescents aged 5-15. Candidates’ will learn how to continuously evaluate progressive physical activity programmes for this group to ensure they are safe and effective.

Entry guidance

As a prerequisite, learners must have achieved a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing. This qualification is suitable for those who work within the Sport, Leisure and Recreation sector. It provides learners with an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in developing and working with children and adolescents aged 5-15 in a gym-based environment.

It is recommended that learners undergo a DBS check prior to commencement of the qualification.

Note: Learners can be employed before the DBS check is complete provided the organisation is satisfied, on the basis of other checks, that it is safe to do so; however, organisations cannot let anyone have unsupervised access to children until they have a satisfactory DBS check.

Progressive opportunities

Learners will be able to work with children and adolescents aged 5-15 within a gym-based environment. Progression could be onto further training or education including work based qualifications in areas such as leisure and exercise.

On completion of this qualification, learners may progress to:

  • IAO Level 2 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning 
  • IAO Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness
  • IAO Level 3 Award in Adapting Exercise for Older Adults
  • IAO Level 3 Award in Adapting Exercise for Ante and Post Natal Participants
  • IAO Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

This qualification may offer continuous professional development for learners employed in the following roles:

  • Fitness instructor
  • Leisure centre assistant
  • Personal Trainer


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