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Level: 3

Location: Workplace

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The new apprenticeship standards have been developed by employer groups for specific occupations. They contain on-programme training and an end-point assessment. The end-point assessment must be delivered by an independent organisation recognised on the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations. Employers of apprentices will select an organisation from the Register to conduct independent end-point assessment of their apprentices.

Preferably candidates will already have an employer ready to start their apprenticeship.


Entry requirements

Candidates should have some experience working in a customer service industry or an existing job role within a leisure complex or activity centre.

Preferably candidates should have already achieved grade 4 or above in English and Maths or have achieved a Level 2 equivalent qualification.


Course Content

The Level 3 Leisure Management Certificate covers:
  • Team Leadership
  • Customer Care
  • Managing Health, Safety and Welfare
  • Understanding the Active Leisure Sector
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Continued Professional Development

You will also need to successfully complete:

  • First Aid at Work
  • Level 3 Pool Plant Operations

After a minimum of 12 months, you should have the evidence and experience to fulfil the following:

  • A minimum of 12 months’ experience working as a Leisure Duty Manager in a workplace environment
  • Various learning and development activities
  • On-the-job and off-the-job training
  • Completion and achievement of the Level 3 Pool Plant Operator Certificate and a First Aid at Work qualification
  • English and Maths at Level 2 (where required)
  • Knowledge, skills and behaviours related to the Leisure Duty Manager standard
  • Regular performance reviews (every two months) with your on-programme assessor and employer and/or training provider that record your progress against the standard
  • Discussion of your progress at meetings that you agree upon and record in writing
  • A sign-off meeting with your employer/training provider and on-programme assessor to signify that you have met the minimum requirements for the standards with regards to knowledge, skills and behaviours and that you are ready for end-point assessment


How will I be assessed?

There are three elements that, combined, will assess your competency across the whole standard for Leisure Duty Manager:

  1. Project
  2. Presentation
  3. Professional discussion


Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There are no additional costs. You may be required to attend classes away from the work environment in order to fulfil the knowledge required to complete the apprenticeship. This may result in travel costs.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You can consider Fitness Instruction qualifications.


You can advance your career in leisure management.


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Jess Guest

Jess Guest

Apprenticeship leads to leisure centre personal trainer job for Jess

As someone who has always been sporty, working as a personal trainer at Matlock’s Arc Leisure Centre is the ideal job for 18-year-old Jess Guest. Jess, who first worked at Arc on a casual basis, has been taken on full-time after completing a leisure apprenticeship with Derbyshire Dales District Council.
While an apprentice, she gained her level two personal training qualifications with Derby College and she is currently working towards level three. Jess, who is from Morton, took PE at GCSE and has been involved in competitive sport since a young age. She used to swim for City Of Derby Swimming Club and trained with Olympic Gold medallist Adam Peaty, who is also a former Derby College student. As part of her apprenticeship,
Jess gained experience across a range of areas including lifeguarding, swimming teaching and Reception, as well as fitness instruction. In her role as personal trainer, she now helps people to achieve their fitness goals, as well as showing them healthy new ways to shed excess pounds and build muscle tone. Since taking up her full-time role Jess has introduced Pound – a cardiovascular workout which involves exercising to the rhythm of drumsticks.
Arc is among only a handful of centres to offer Pound in Derbyshire and Jess’s classes are very popular. Working with people of all ages and abilities, she teaches a whole range of activities, including swimming and aerobics. Jess said Derby College had been very supportive throughout her apprenticeship and beyond it.


Steve, my college tutor, is really good. I’m assessed on site and he’s always very helpful and happy to give me advice whenever I need it. Working hours vary in this job and I work shifts and weekends.



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