This course is designed for people wishing to pursue a career in the health and fitness sector as gym-based fitness instructors. It is the first year of a two-year programme towards qualifying as a Level 3 Personal Trainer.
This qualification must be achieved before moving on to study a Level 3 Personal Training qualification.
Minimum entry requirements for this course are set at five GCSEs at grade 3 or better. There is the opportunity to resit either English OR Maths should your GCSE profile support this.
Some experience of gym-based exercises, including free weights, is highly recommended. The course requires physical exertion and individual participation is essential. Therefore, a degree of physical fitness is necessary.
There is a requirement for communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) and learners should have basic skills in communication pitched at Level 2.
You should expect to be asked to lead sessions under supervision - individually and as part of a group - to external clients or other College students.
Course content will cover:
Health and safety in the fitness environment
The skills to conduct client and group inductions in a gym-based environment and support exercise adherence and a healthy lifestyle
The skills to plan, instruct and supervise safe and effective exercise and physical activity sessions
Professionalism for fitness instructing
Personal and professional development
Delivering exceptional customer service
You will be assessed via:
• Multiple Choice Examination
• Portfolio of Evidence
• Practical Demonstration/Assignment/Assessment
English or Maths GCSE resits will be assessed through examinations.
There are no additional course costs, though candidates may wish to consider CIMSPA membership at their own cost.
This qualification provides progression to the:
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.
Ever since school, Katy Morten had set her heart on becoming a personal trainer.
By the age of just 21, she had already achieved her career goal – thanks to a sport apprenticeship programme run by Derbyshire Dales District Council in partnership with Derby College. Having secured a full-time job as an instructor at Bakewell Swimming Pool,
Katy particularly enjoys helping people to reach their goals – whether it be weight loss or training for a particular sporting event.
I knew I could get nationally recognised qualifications more quickly on an apprenticeship – and having lots of work experience in the industry under my belt would stand me in good stead when looking for employment. Plus, who could argue with being paid to learn? There’s a real feel-good factor to my job – just knowing you have helped someone improve their lifestyle and become happier with themselves.