This one-year Diploma course is aimed at learners wishing to become a personal trainer in the active leisure industry.
We advise that learners should already hold the pre-requisite Level 2 Diploma in Fitness Instruction (Gym-Based Exercise) but the timetable can be adapted for those who don't.
This course is suitable for learners who have previously studied a Level 2 Diploma in Health, Exercise and Fitness Instruction or have completed a Level 2 Gym Instruction qualification. Learners will also need to have five GCSEs graded at 7-5 and to have competency in English and maths to help with the theoretical aspects of the programme. Learners should have GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 or higher.
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. Your work placements may require you to travel to other College sites or to be available in gyms early in the morning or late at night.
Knowledge and understanding relating to the qualification covers:
You will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit. You can expect to be assessed through:
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.