The Apprenticeship in Fitness Instruction (Level 3) is designed for people who already work in the health and fitness industry and who wish to continue their professional development. It is also ideal for those who wish to work in the sector as a personal trainer and fitness advisor.
Your apprenticeship framework will be designed around your prior achievements and working requirements. Your standards of English and maths should be suitable for study at this level so ideally you will have a GCSE or equivalent in English and Maths at grade C or above.
Good communication skills are essential.
You will also need to have achieved a Level 2 Gym Instructors qualification prior to commencing the Level 3 apprenticeship.
The framework will be focussed on delivering and managing exercise and fitness instruction in a sports and active leisure setting.
Assessments will take place through vocational competence, the development of a portfolio of evidence and assessment for the technical qualifications associated with the pathway. English and maths will be assessed through a controlled assessment or exam.
You may be invited into College to study the Level 3 Personal Training content on one evening per week or on day release.
There are no additional costs involved with this course.
You can advance your career within the active leisure industry as a gym instructor, team leader or health club manager.
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.