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 both English and 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
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.
Keen runner Kirsty Peinelt has always wanted a health related career but hadn't considered sports therapy until her partner needed physiotherapy after an illness a few years ago.
His physiotherapist explained to her how soft tissue massages work so she decided to look into that area of health and fitness and found her ideal course at Derby College. And Kirsty who is 22 and from Heanor, has been gaining valuable hands-on experience as she works towards completing her BTEC level 3 Sports Science Advanced Diploma.
Over the summer break she worked part-time at Belper Life Fitness giving sports massage treatments to people of all ages and fitness levels. As part of her therapist's role she has treated everyone from keen athletes in training for gruelling triathlons through to older people who just want a massage in order to feel better.
Kirsty, who is soon to start the second year of her two year diploma course, hopes to go on to university and study for a degree in physiotherapy. Once qualified she would like to work in the NHS and ideally specialise in paediatric, neurological or malignancy physiotherapy.
Luckily I found just the course I was looking for at Derby College.
My Level 2 course, which I took in 2013/2014, was fantastic – there wasn't a thing about it that I didn't love.
To be a good sports massage therapist you need to thoroughly understand physiology and anatomy, so there is a lot to learn.