This one-year certificate course is aimed at students wishing to become a personal trainer in the active leisure industry.
We advise that all students should already hold the pre-requisite Level 2 Diploma in Fitness Instruction (Gym-Based Exercise) and should have achieved GCSE English at grade 4 or higher.
This course is suitable for students who have previously studied a Level 2 Diploma in Exercise and Fitness Instruction or have completed a similar Level 2 Gym Instruction qualification.
Students will also need to have five GCSEs graded at 9-4 (A*-C) and to have competency in English and maths to help with the theoretical aspects of the programme. Preferably students should have both GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 or higher but will be able to resit Maths if accepted on the study programme.
You should be able to demonstrate high standards of discipline, punctuality and attendance. It is essential that each student works to the deadlines set or they may face changes to, or withdrawal from, their study programme.
Practical sessions are compulsory, so students 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:
GCSE Maths, if studied, will be assessed through a final exam.
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.