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.
Sports coach Ellie Wheeldon-Jones is planning to go to Australia to teach swimming after successfully completing a foundation degree course in sports coaching at Derby College. Ellie, who has always been sporty, would like to travel and take a break from studying before deciding whether or not to take a third-year top up degree course. Like her sister Sophie, who is now a personal trainer, and her boyfriend Mykylo, a semi-professional cricketer, Ellie initially took the BTEC sports sciences course at Derby College after leaving school following GCSEs.She then went on to take her foundation degree at Broomfield Hall and is currently working as a children's swimming coach as well as teaching tampolining to adults.
Ellie said: "One of the best things about the foundation degree course was the amount of one-to-one attention you receive. Our groups were small so the lecturers had more time to dedicate to you. It was hard work but I enjoyed it and felt very comfortable at Broomfield."
Ellie has participated in many sports including gymnastics, athletics and running during and since her schooldays. She has also swum at county level.