This qualification recognises the skills, knowledge and competence required for an individual to work unsupervised as a personal trainer. This includes being able to offer one-to-one training, baseline assessment, nutritional advice and progressive programming specific to the individual needs of a client.
It is a progression route for anyone who has completed a Level 2 Gym Instruction qualification and wishes to enter employment. There are no UCAS points available for University entry.
All applicants will need to have achieved a Level 2 Gym Instruction qualification.
An understanding of anatomy and physiology is essential. So too is an understanding of health and safety practices within a gym-based environment.
You should have GCSE grade 4 or better in English and Maths to help with the theoretical aspects of the programme.
Although current gym membership is not required, you will be expected to use the gym as part of your ongoing professional development and MUST have a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing - Gym-based Exercise or an equivalent award.
Learners will cover:
We expect students to show enthusiasm towards helping the community and a commitment to improving their academic and vocational skills in order to progress into employment.
You will be assessed through:
If you also join one of our sports academies, you may be required to purchase an academy-specific uniform which is an additional cost set by that academy.
Residential accommodation is available.
This course allows learners entry to REPs at Level 3
On completion of the course, you will be qualified for employment in the fitness industry. You may wish to continue your training on other REPs accredited courses such as the:
Or with suitable GCSEs and/or UCAS points:
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.