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.
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.