The Diploma in Health, Fitness and Exercise Instruction is aimed at the learner who wants to pursue a career as a fitness instructor in the context of gym-based exercise. The year-long course will combine GCSE and skills requirements with an active and physical programme of gym instruction. The programme is designed to help learners to progress to a Level 3 Personal Training qualification.
This course is suitable for learners who have previously studied a BTEC Certificate in Sport. You will need to have five GCSEs graded at 5-4 and to have competency in English and maths to help with the theoretical aspects of the programme. Learners must have achieved English at grade 4 or above. GCSE Maths will be compulsory for all learners with a grade 3.
You should be able to demonstrate high standards of discipline, punctuality and attendance. It is essential that each learner works to the deadlines set or they may face changes to, or withdrawal from, their study programme.
Practical sessions are compulsory, so learners must also be physically able to take part in both indoor and outdoor sessions. Although current gym membership is not required, you will be expected to use the gym as part of your ongoing professional development.
The course will also include a work placement, tutorials and the development of English and maths skills.
You will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit. You can expect to be assessed through:
Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.
Ever since school, Katy Morten had set her heart on becoming a personal trainer.
By the age of just 21, she had already achieved her career goal – thanks to a sport apprenticeship programme run by Derbyshire Dales District Council in partnership with Derby College.
Having secured a full-time job as an instructor at Bakewell Swimming Pool, Katy particularly enjoys helping people to reach their goals – whether it be weight loss or training for a particular sporting event.
I knew I could get nationally recognised qualifications more quickly on an apprenticeship – and having lots of work experience in the industry under my belt would stand me in good stead when looking for employment. Plus, who could argue with being paid to learn?
There’s a real feel-good factor to my job – just knowing you have helped someone improve their lifestyle and become happier with themselves.