This qualification is aimed at the learner who wants to pursue a career as a fitness instructor in the context of gym-based exercise.
You will cover anatomy and physiology, health and safety, planning and delivering gym-based sessions, healthy eating, communication and motivation skills.
Courses are planned to start in:
Bespoke distance learning packages are also available - contact the College for further details.
A basic understanding of anatomy and physiology is desirable. So too is an understanding of health and safety practices within a gym-based environment.
You should have competency in English and maths to help with the theoretical aspects of the programme.
Although current gym membership is not required, you will be expected to use the gym as part of your ongoing professional development.
The course is made up of several units which include:
You will be assessed through:
You will need to have suitable clothing for a gym environment, including indoor training footwear, personal towel and toiletries. You may wish to become a member at the College gym.
There are no additional costs, although you may choose to pay for membership towards becoming a Registered Exercise Professional (REPs)
On completion of the course, you will be qualified for employment or may wish to continue training on the following REPs accredited courses:
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.
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.