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