Saturday, 18th November 2017
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Mayfair International Academy on the Costa del Sol

Mayfair International Academy on the Costa del Sol

Stepping stone to a career in fitness teaching

If you can answer yes to any of the questions below, we may have news for you!

  • Are you looking for a direct route from school to a career in Fitness without attending college or university
  • Are you looking for an alternative to A Levels?
  • Are you struggling to achieve the grades necessary to gain entry to university?

The Alternative Curriculum at Mayfair Academy includes a certified Fitness Instructor Qualification.

From year 10, students work towards the IGCSE in five subjects whilst training for the first level in Fitness Instructing. By year 13 (Upper Sixth) students can achieve the Level 2 Certificate thereby becoming fully qualified Fitness Instructors.

To appreciate the full benefit of this course, most students join in year 10 but they can be accepted at the start of the academic year into year 11 or 12 depending upon available places. No previous experience is necessary for
students joining in year 12 and they can complete the Fitness Instructor course within the two years whilst also achieving a Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award, and a CSLA (Community Sports Leaders Award).

An A level in PE is achievable for students who have already gained a GCSE in this subject. Through offering a choice of qualifications, including NVQs, there are less restrictions and students can realise their potential, without the stress of written examinations. NVQs are achieved through assessment and training; the courses are about your
ability to perform tasks, not write about them. Also, NVQs are rapidly becoming a popular alternative route to University.


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So what exactly are NVQs?
NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications) are work-related, competence-based qualifications. They reflect the skills and knowledge needed to do a job effectively, and show that a candidate is competent in the area of work the NVQ represents.

There are many disciplines available within the NVQ Framework, from Engineering, Business Management, IT, Engineering Stepping stone to a career in fitness teaching to Leisure and Health.

At Mayfair the NVQs offered relate to the Fitness Industry branch of Leisure and Health. Assessment is normally through on-the-job observation and questioning. Candidates produce evidence to prove they have the competence to meet the NVQ standards. Assessors ‘sign-off ’ units when the candidates are ready - the assessor tests candidates’ underpinning knowledge, understanding and workbased performance to make sure they can demonstrate competence in the workplace. T

h ere are different levels of qualification when taking an NVQ, ranging from the lowest level (1) to the highest (5).

Their academic equivalents are:

  • NVQ 1 = foundation GNVQ/three to four GCSEs at grades D-E
  • NVQ 2 = four to fi ve GCSEs at grades A-C
  • NVQ 3 = two A levels
  • NVQ 4 = degree
  • NVQ 5 = stgraduate qualifi cation  

If you have left school without qualifications, if you are worrying about doing re-sits or, if you just need a change of direction and you are interested in Sports and Fitness, maybe this course is just what you need. The staff at Mayfair include a Ski Instructor, a Tennis Coach and two fully qualified Fitness Instructors, who are also qualified to deliver awards from various Governing Bodies e.g. FA (Football Association), BAWLA (British Amateur Weight Lifters Association), ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) and AQA Unit Awards.



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