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Diploma in Fitness Instructing Leading to Personal Training - Level 3 - Full-time (ND)

Level 3 Vocational
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North Devon Campus
One year, two to three days per week

Are you ready to get serious about your career in the fitness industry? Want your prospects to be as healthy as possible? This demanding study programme could be tailor-made for you. The qualification is comprised of two CYQ qualifications: a Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing, followed by a Diploma in Personal Training at Level 3.

Aimed at 3rd year learners, this is a fast-track qualification for students with the maturity and knowledge to achieve two qualifications in one year.


The Level 2 component 'Certificate in Fitness Instructing - Gym' is studied in the first 12 weeks, and is the foundation to all gym related jobs and is the pre-requisite qualification for Personal Training. This includes:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Principles of fitness
- Health and safety
- Supporting clients
- Planning and delivery of practical gym sessions.

The in-depth Level 3 Personal Trainer programme explores the following ares:
- Programming and delivering personal training
- Applying the principles of nutrition
- Anatomy and physiology
- Sports conditioning
- Business
- Planning and delivering a group exercise session in an outdoor environment.

There are also extra curricular opportunities to travel, attend events, learn from guest speakers and additional value added activities.

This course forms part of a study programme which includes Maths, English, Tutorials and a range of other activities to make your time at college as successful as possible. Maths and English will be studied at a level to allow you to build upon the skills you have at the start of the course.
The modules will be assessed via multiple-choice exams, assessed course work and practical assessments. All assessments will be focused on the skills required to work successfully in the fitness industry. You will be observed and assessed working directly with clients instructing fitness and delivering personal training.
Four GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above

We also accept applicants who hold a Merit or above in a relevant Level 3 Diploma.
For adult learners, selection will be by interview where candidates will need to demonstrate their interest in and commitment to fitness and learning.
With these qualifications, you can work as a personal trainer (PT) and apply for representation on the Exercise Register ( You could study further programmes in exercise referral or progress to Level 4 qualifications in obesity, low back pain or cardiac rehab. Other pathways include strength and conditioning or sports therapy. Students can progress to Petroc's Foundation Degree in Sport, Exercise and Health.
The course will be taught in a variety of learning environments; these will include the fitness studio, our well-equipped gym, our outdoor training facility and the local environment.
There will be a requirement to purchase manuals for some modules, as well as uniform. These will enable you to focus the right knowledge on your practical development and assessment and look professional when doing so. You will also need to contribute towards travel for trips.

Level 2 element - £30
Level 3 element - £45
Polo shirt - £17
Activity fee - £125
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: Do I have to be fit and young to do this course?
A: No, there are elements of the course that do require a general level of fitness, but age is not seen as a barrier. It will be seen as an advantage at interview if you have experience of participation in exercise and fitness.

Q: It's been a long time since I've been a student, will this count against me at interview?
A: Some of our most successful students are those who have been away from education for a while and are looking to turn their interest in fitness into a career, so no, this will not count against you.

Q: Is funding available?
A: Learners under 24 may be eligible for financial assistance from the Learner Support Fund. Learners over 19 can seek an Advanced Learning Loan. For both of these, please speak to the Advice and Guidance Centre at Petroc on 01271 852422.

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