The Diploma in Instructing Fitness and Exercise is aimed at the student who wants to pursue a career as a fitness instructor in the context of gym-based exercise. The year-long course will combine GCSE and skills requirements with an active and physical programme of gym instruction. The programme is designed to help students to progress to a Level 3 Personal Training qualification in Year 2.
This course is suitable for students who have previously studied a Level 2 Certificate in Sport. You will need to have five GCSEs graded at Level 5-4 and to have competency in English and maths to help with the theoretical aspects of the programme. Students must have achieved English at grade 4 or above. GCSE Maths will be compulsory for all students with a grade 3.
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.
The course will also include a work placement, tutorials and the development of English and maths skills.
You will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit. You can expect to be assessed through:
Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or 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 enthusiast Beth Wood is weighing up study options and a potential career thanks to her college course and work placement.The seventeen-year-old Level 3 Sports Coaching and Development student has completed the first year of her course with the offer of an apprenticeship.On work experience, as part of the course, she so impressed bosses at children' coaching company First Grade Sports that they first gave her a job teaching children in holidays and half terms.Now they have now gone one step further and offered an apprenticeship.Beth is also considering whether to go on to higher education at Derby College or whether to experience university life.
She said: "Without the college I wouldn't have got the chance of my work experience, or my job, or the offer an apprenticeship. My work experience helped me to understand how to teach different ages and abilities. It also helped improve my confidence, helping me feel comfortable in my own ability and knowledge."