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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Adult Loan Amount: 811.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This qualification will further develop learners who have existing knowledge and skills in gym instruction to enable them to pursue a career in personal training.

During the qualification, students will further their knowledge of anatomy and physiology; nutrition; and lifestyle factors that affect wellbeing. They will develop their communication skills and motivational practice to support change, planning and conducting physical activity sessions with different types of clients in a variety of environments with a range of resources.

They will also gain an understanding of the legal and professional requirements for personal training, plus how to set up and manage a personal training business on a self-employed basis if they so wish.

Applicants must have completed a Level 2 Diploma in Gym Instruction and be able to evidence this prior to enrolment.

Entry requirements

All applicants must have completed a Level 2 Diploma in Gym Instruction (or similar qualification) and should be able to evidence this achievement prior to starting the course.

Students must also have achieved GCSE English or Maths at grade 4 or higher.

Candidates must show a positive approach to delivering exercise classes and physical activity sessions, while also being highly motivated to take part in physical activity sessions and training.

Links to gyms or leisure centres are recommended in order to confirm your work experience placements.

Internal applicants must evidence high levels of prior attendance and positive references alongside the completion of the Level 2 Diploma in Gym Instruction and associated qualifications.

Course Content

There are six mandatory units:
  • Applied anatomy and physiology for exercise, health and fitness
  • The principles of nutrition and their application to exercise and health
  • Understanding lifestyle, health, wellbeing and common medical conditions
  • Encouraging positive health and fitness behaviours in clients
  • Programme design and delivery for personal training
  • Professionalism and business acumen for personal trainers

Your study programme will also include a tutorial, enrichment, work experience totalling 72 hours, English or maths if needed and a range of additional qualifications such as First Aid, Safeguarding, Smoking Cessation, Exercise for Older Adults, Leading PA for Adolescents, Mental Health Awareness and Group Training.

How will I be assessed?

To achieve this qualification, the learner is required to complete a number of different assessments, including:
 
• A case study working with a real client to enable the learner to complete an initial consultation, a food diary analysis, an educational activity for the client and a periodised programme including commentary/rationales and individual session plans
• Assignments – designing an infographic and educational information handout, recommending the use of technology to clients, and developing a new personal training business, including an initial business evaluation, market research and business planning
• Practical observations –  consultations, training techniques and personal training
• Self-evaluation and reflective practice
 

 

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. DCG-branded uniform packs can be purchased for around £50.
 
All learners are advised to have a tablet or laptop to aid them with their studies.
 
There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits.
 
Overseas work placements are available.

For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.

Residential accommodation is based at Broomfield Hall Campus. It is single occupancy with a daily meal allowance included in the fees. For further information about our 'outstanding' Ofsted-rated accommodation provision, please contact maria.banks@derby-college.ac.uk.

Although you do not need to be a member of a gym, it is expected that you will exercise and be physically active to role model the expected behaviours of the career pathway you have opted to take.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
 
Your progression is linked to your achievement of GCSE English and Maths. You may then consider applying to the:
  • Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy
  • Level 4 Advanced Personal Trainer
 
Careers
 
Alternatively you may wish to seek employment as a personal trainer or fitness professional.

 

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Katy Morten

Katy Morten

Ahead of the game in a sporting career

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.

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