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Level: 3

Location: Johnson Building

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Course Content

Knowledge and understanding relating to the qualification covers:

  • anatomy and physiology including:
    - the heart and circulatory system
    - the musculoskeletal system
    - postural and core stability
    - the nervous, endocrine and energy systems and their relation to exercise and health
  • how to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
  • how to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients, the health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating
  • how to communicate with clients effectively and motivate them to adhere to an exercise programme
  • how to apply the principles of nutrition to support client goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme
  • how to design, manage and adapt a gym-based exercise and personal training programme with apparently healthy adults of all ages
  • how to deliver exercise and physical activity as part of a programme for apparently healthy adults of all ages

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

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 cost will also cover the end-of-year celebration event and yearly gym membership. 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: 
  • 20 REPs CPD points 
  • Level 3 entry to REPs

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What can I do after this course?

Further study
You could consider progressing to courses covering:
  • Advanced Research and Sport Science
  • Sports Coaching and Development
  • Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching*
  • Pre-natal and Ante-natal Exercise
  • Exercise Referral
  • Weight management for individuals with obesity
You may wish to seek employment in the sports and active leisure industry but the skills gained on the course are transferable to a wide range of jobs in other sectors.
*Based at Derby College - the course has no recognised UCAS points for other HE applications


This course is run at the Johnson Building

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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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