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:
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.