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Become a qualified fitness professional with BSY

Achieve your ambitions of working with others to realise their fitness goals with the NCFE Fitness Instructing and Personal Training qualifications – new additions to BSY’s extensive portfolio of courses.

Be among the first to study the nationally recognised NCFE qualifications in Fitness Instructing – Gym-Based Exercise (Level 2) and Personal Training (Level 3) with BSY – the home-study college with decades of experience providing affordable, convenient learning that could literally change your life.

Did you know, experienced Fitness Instructors in England can earn up to £30,000 a year*? If you have a passion for health and wellbeing and want to help others succeed in their fitness journey, the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-Based Exercise) qualification is the perfect stepping stone to start or develop your career.

Successfully complete this course and assessments and you could work for a gym or become a freelance Fitness Instructor, as well as join the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at Level 2, which could enhance your employability.

The Level 2 certificate is ideal for those with no prior experience and is also the prerequisite qualification needed to study the NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.

If you want to work as a Personal Trainer creating and delivering tailored workouts and providing nutritional and lifestyle guidance to your clients, successfully completing the Level 3 qualification will help you achieve this.

You could also earn around £20-£40 an hour as a freelance Personal Trainer** and will be able to join REPs at Level 3 once you have qualified.

These NCFE qualifications, regulated by Ofqual in England, aim to help learners find employment in the fitness industry and promote good practice in fitness instructing and personal training by working to a common standard that is nationally recognised. They also give learners the opportunity to demonstrate transferable skills that employers seek.

Enrol on these new BSY courses today and you will be sent comprehensive course materials to work through in your own time, at your own pace, building up a portfolio of essential knowledge of working in the fitness industry as you go.

You are assessed and supported by experienced tutors throughout your studies to ensure you gain the skills required to successfully achieve the qualifications.

You will also develop your practical skills as you learn and demonstrate your competence by submitting a recorded practical training session overseen by a qualified person (for example, in DVD format).

Visit the course pages for detailed information and a comprehensive guide to the subjects you will study.

We look forward to welcoming you to BSY’s family of students and helping you to achieve your career ambitions.

*Earning potential is a guide only. Source: https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/fitness-instructor

**Earning potential is a guide only. Source: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/personal-trainer

Categories: BSY, Sports & Fitness


Welcome to our new website

Hello, and welcome to BSY – the distance learning college with more than 70 years’ experience of delivering courses that change people’s lives.
We have just launched our new-look website, and do hope you enjoy taking some time to look around. With more than 300 courses available, BSY can help you to start your New Year off on the right note. Whether you are looking to change careers, gain new skills or study for personal interest, BSY offers an array of courses for students from all backgrounds.

The beauty of our home-study courses is there are no deadlines. Once you enrol with BSY, you will be sent your first set of course materials with your first assignment.

You can take your time to study this first part of the course when it suits you and once you have completed and submitted your first assignment to us, you will receive the next set of course materials along with feedback and encouragement from BSY’s team of dedicated, expert tutors.
We are here to help throughout your studies. At any time, if you feel you need tutor support, you can be assured we are just the other end of the phone.
What’s more, learning with BSY is excellent value for money – affordable and achievable.

So whatever your area of interest, enrol today and benefit from studying with an accredited college with a passion for helping you achieve your ambitions.
Please note, our office will be closed over the festive period, from December 24, returning 9am on Wednesday, January 2. During this time you will still be able to enrol on courses on our new website and you can message us via the contact page. We will endeavour to respond to any queries as soon as possible on our return in the New Year.

All at BSY wish our students old and new a very happy Christmas and a prosperous 2019.

Categories: BSY


Massage news

Massage in its various forms continues to be a popular complementary therapy and therefore attracts a large research interest.

A study by Sefton in 2012 looked at the effects of massage on balance and systemic function in older people. The aim of the study was to look at whether massage reduced the amount of age related falls and general physical mobility and mental wellbeing.

Massage in its various forms continues to be a popular complementary therapy and therefore attracts a large research interest.

A study by Sefton in 2012 looked at the effects of massage on balance and systemic function in older people. The aim of the study was to look at whether massage reduced the amount of age related falls and general physical mobility and mental wellbeing.

The study considered whether massage could restore muscle balance and function and it was conducted under laboratory conditions where variables could be controlled; 35 adults between the ages of 50 and 69 years were recruited and all were free from diagnosed chronic conditions and none were on medication at the time of study. A randomised control group were selected from the participant cohort to ensure validity of findings and the treatment group were given six weekly 60 minute full body massages, whilst the control group sat in a quiet room for 60 minutes each week.

Short term effects were reported as increased postural stability compared with the control group and the long term effects after week seven (so one week free of massage) showed significant improved balance in the treatment cohort.

This research study continues to influence current massage research providing valuable information for therapists who can incorporate specific objectives into programmes for older clients who have problems with balance and muscle function.

Categories: Complementary Therapies