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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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.

Entry requirements

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.

 

Course Content

Learners will cover:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • health, safety and welfare
  • principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • communicating with clients effectively and motivating clients to adhere to an exercise programme
  • the principles of nutrition to support client goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme
  • designing, managing and adapting a personal training programme with apparently healthy adults of all ages
  • delivering exercise and physical activity as part of a programme for apparently healthy adults of all ages.
You have to fulfil a minimum of 72 hours on work placement. Many of these hours will be offered to you through our existing partnerships with employers.

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.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through:

  • eAssessment
  • multiple choice examination
  • portfolio of evidence
  • practical examination

 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to have a uniform that is worn every day and when you are on work experience. The minimum expectation for the uniform is that you wear a plain black T-shirt or polo shirt and sweatshirt etc. DC Uniforms can be purchased for £50.
 
All learners must have a tablet or laptop to aid them with their studies.
 
A one-off payment of £50 is required as a contribution towards the end-of-year celebration event, DBS requirements, transport, trips and guest speakers. This money is to be received before November and in return you will have free gym membership for the academic year.
 
There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits.
 
Overseas work placements are available.

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.

Accreditation 

This course allows learners entry to REPs at Level 3

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What can I do after this course?

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:

  • Diploma in Exercise Referral
  • Certificate in Weight Management

Or with suitable GCSEs and/or UCAS points:

  • Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching
  • Sports Massage Therapy course
  • Sports Science and Advanced Research course

 

 

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Florence Phillips

Florence Phillips

Missed exam targets a ‘blessing’ as Flo launches fitness career with college

Apprentice personal trainer Florence Phillips said missing out on the exam results she hoped for was a "blessing" ...because it gave her a chance to go to Derby College and launch her career.
Nineteen-year-old Flo said instead of going to sixth form college, which had been her plan, she opted to go into fitness because she was keen on gym at school.
Having passed sports coaching and development with flying colours as a student at Broomfield Hall, she then landed an apprenticeship at B Physical in Ashbourne.
Flo has now taken a Level 2 Fitness Instructor course and she will complete Level 3 Personal Training this summer.
She enjoys her job and said she made the right decision in coming to Derby College.

I didn't get the GCSEs I needed to go to sixth form, which is a blessing because it meant I went to college.

I find the exams the hardest but the college gives me all the support I need. At college somebody took me to one side and told me this job could be good for me, so I applied and got it.


College has been really important to me. I'd love to be a personal trainer and stay here. I love taking classes. I take about nine a week, which is really good.


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