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Diploma in Personal Training and Sports Massage - Level 3 - Full-time (North Devon)

Level 3 Vocational
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
One year

We're pleased to offer two combined qualifications that give students the opportunity to pursue two related careers in one year of study. An approved gym qualification at Level 2 is a pre-requisite.

An excellent opportunity to develop your fitness instructing skills to progress up to a higher level as a Personal Trainer as well as diversify into sports massage therapy.


This study programme builds excellence in personal training, focused on providing planned personal exercise programmes on a one-to-one or small group basis.

Modules covered in the Personal Trainer Diploma include:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Nutrition
- Programming and delivering personal training
- Health and safety
- Sports conditioning
- Business marketing
- Outdoor fitness

The Sports Massage element covers all aspects of practical sports massage including:
- Assessment
- Postural analysis
- Sports massage movements
- Health and safety
- Set-up of treatment area
- Consultation and aftercare advice

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

A fair amount of the assessed content of both courses requires case studies, so you will need to source willing participants to be part of your course

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.
Assessment methods for this course are varied but involve planning, teaching and evaluating fitness sessions, production of a portfolio, practical performance, multiple-choice theory exams, case studies and oral vivas. The Sports Massage involves working with clients and keeping a log of massage therapy experience.
To be accepted onto a two-year Level 3 programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a grade 4 in GCSE English, as well as at least three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade 6.

You must also hold a Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification.
For adult learners, selection will be by interview where candidates will need to demonstrate their interest in and commitment to fitness, massage and learning.
With this qualification, you can apply for employment as a personal trainer in a leisure centre or health club, or start your own business offering personal training and sports massage.
Further study options include Strength and Conditioning, Sports Injuries, Exercise Referral, Exercise Specialist or Pilates Instructor. 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 a degree course in Sport, Exercise and Health.
The course will be taught in a variety of learning environments, including the fitness studio, our well-equipped gym, specialist massage therapy suite, the Sanctuary Spa and an outdoor training facility.
We will also attend various local events to treat competitors.
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.

Costs will include purchase of professional massage uniform and instructor polo shirt:
Work books and manuals are available to buy to support your studies, and an activity may be required to cover offsite activities you are involved in.
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 24 can seek an Advanced Learning Loan. For both of these, please speak to the Advice and Guidance Centre at Petroc 01271 852422.

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