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Level: 3

Location: Workplace

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The new apprenticeship standards have been developed by employer groups for specific occupations. They contain on-programme training and an end-point assessment. The end-point assessment must be delivered by an independent organisation recognised on the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations. Employers of apprentices will select an organisation from the Register to conduct independent end-point assessment of their apprentices.

Preferably candidates will already have an employer ready to start their apprenticeship.


Entry requirements

Candidates should have some experience working in a customer service industry or an existing job role within a leisure complex or activity centre.

Preferably candidates should have already achieved grade 4 or above in English and Maths or have achieved a Level 2 equivalent qualification.


Course Content

The Level 3 Leisure Management Certificate covers:
  • Team Leadership
  • Customer Care
  • Managing Health, Safety and Welfare
  • Understanding the Active Leisure Sector
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Continued Professional Development

You will also need to successfully complete:

  • First Aid at Work
  • Level 3 Pool Plant Operations

After a minimum of 12 months you should have the evidence and experience to fulfil the following:

  • A minimum of 12 months’ experience working as a Leisure Duty Manager in a workplace environment
  • Various learning and development activities
  • On-the-job and off-the-job training
  • Completion and achievement of the Level 3 Pool Plant Operator Certificate and a First Aid at Work qualification
  • English and Maths at Level 2 (where required)
  • Knowledge, skills and behaviours related to the Leisure Duty Manager standard
  • Regular performance reviews (every two months) with your on-programme assessor and employer and/or training provider that record your progress against the standard
  • Discussion of your progress at meetings that you agree upon and record in writing
  • A sign-off meeting with your employer/training provider and on-programme assessor to signify that you have met the minimum requirements for the standards with regards to knowledge, skills and behaviours and that you are ready for end-point assessment


How will I be assessed?

There are three elements that, combined, will assess your competency across the whole standard for Leisure Duty Manager:

  1. Project
  2. Presentation
  3. Professional discussion


Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There are no additional costs. You may be required to attend classes away from the work environment in order to fulfil the knowledge required to complete the apprenticeship. This may result in travel costs.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You can consider Fitness Instruction qualifications.


You can advance your career in leisure management.


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Fitness apprentice Rosie Sharp said Derby College is "100 percent" behind turning her passion for gym training into a new career.
Rosie, 20, decided against going on to further studies after taking philosophy, psychology and law at A-level. Instead she worked in sales at a sports magazine but eventually found the job was not really for her.
But Rosie has been keen on weight training from the age of 17, and when she found an apprentice job advertised online at B Physical in Ashbourne, she decided to go for it.
Despite having no directly relevant qualifications she managed to demonstrate her commitment to the gym environment and landed the role.
Rosie said she wasn't sporty at all at school and her mum just said "really...?", when she told her she was going to work in her a gym.
She said the college and B Physical worked closely together. She was visited once a week as part of her course.
Rosie has now passed Level 2 Personal Training and is considering going on to Level 3. In addition, she said she had also taken a sports massage distance learning course and may take her career in that direction.

Derby College has been 100 per cent important for my career because without the qualification I couldn't do what I'm doing – I had no fitness qualifications before I came here.

The college and gym work well together, and it was all relevant to what I needed to learn. It's been really good.


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