The Apprenticeship in Fitness Instruction (Level 3) is designed for people who already work in the health and fitness industry and who wish to continue their professional development. It is also ideal for those who wish to work in the sector as a personal trainer and fitness advisor.
Your apprenticeship framework will be designed around your prior achievements and working requirements. Your standards of English and maths should be suitable for study at this level so ideally you will have a GCSE or equivalent in English and Maths at grade C or above.
Good communication skills are essential.
You will also need to have achieved a Level 2 Gym Instructors qualification prior to commencing the Level 3 apprenticeship.
The framework will be focussed on delivering and managing exercise and fitness instruction in a sports and active leisure setting.
Assessments will take place through vocational competence, the development of a portfolio of evidence and assessment for the technical qualifications associated with the pathway. English and maths will be assessed through a controlled assessment or exam.
You may be invited into College to study the Level 3 Personal Training content on one evening per week or on day release.
There are no additional costs involved with this course.
You can advance your career within the active leisure industry as a gym instructor, team leader or health club manager.
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.
Fitness apprentice Rosie Sharp said Derby College is "100 percent" behind turning her passion for gym training into a new career.
Rosie, 20, decided against going on to further studies after taking philosophy, psychology and law at A-level. Instead she worked in sales at a sports magazine but eventually found the job was not really for her.
But Rosie has been keen on weight training from the age of 17, and when she found an apprentice job advertised online at B Physical in Ashbourne, she decided to go for it.
Despite having no directly relevant qualifications she managed to demonstrate her commitment to the gym environment and landed the role.
Rosie said she wasn't sporty at all at school and her mum just said "really...?", when she told her she was going to work in her a gym.
She said the college and B Physical worked closely together. She was visited once a week as part of her course.
Rosie has now passed Level 2 Personal Training and is considering going on to Level 3. In addition, she said she had also taken a sports massage distance learning course and may take her career in that direction.
Derby College has been 100 per cent important for my career because without the qualification I couldn't do what I'm doing – I had no fitness qualifications before I came here.
The college and gym work well together, and it was all relevant to what I needed to learn. It's been really good.