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Level: 2

Location: Johnson Building

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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.

Entry requirements

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.  

Course Content

You will cover key topics such as anatomy and physiology; health, safety and welfare; communication and motivation skills; employment law and industry-specific legislation; the active leisure and learning sector; customer service; and the benefits of a balanced diet and its contribution to a healthy lifestyle.
The course is made up of a number of units including:
  • Understanding the employing organisation
  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise
  • Understanding employment rights and responsibilities
  • Supporting clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  • Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  • Understanding the active leisure and learning sector
  • Self-development
  • Principles of customer service
  • Diet and nutrition for healthy living
  • Food groups and digestion
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health

The course will also include a work placement, tutorials and the development of English and maths skills.

How will I be assessed?

You will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit.  You can expect to be assessed through:

  • eAssessment
  • multiple choice examination
  • portfolio of evidence
  • practical demonstration/assignment
  • written examination

Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to purchase a kit. The cost of this will be finalised at the start of the course but is expected to be in the region of £140. This includes yearly gym membership and the end-of-year celebration event. This money is to be received before November. There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits. On completion of the course, candidates may choose to pay for membership towards becoming a registered exercise professional (REP).
The course provides: 
  • REPs CPD points: 20
  • Level of entry to REPs: Level 2

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What can I do after this course?

Further study
You could consider progressing to the following courses:
  • Diploma in Personal Training
  • Advanced Diploma in Sport Coaching
  • Advanced Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science
You may wish to seek employment in the sports and active leisure industry but the skills gained on the course are also transferable to a wide range of jobs in other sectors.


This course is run at the Johnson Building

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Derby College offer sport, health and leisure facilities for public use. This includes fitness centre, sports hall and outdoor pitch hire plus lots more. Located at Broomfield Hall, Johnson Building and Mackworth.

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Katy Morten

Katy Morten

Ahead of the game in a sporting career

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.
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