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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This study programme focuses on developing the candidate's employability through an ongoing work placement at Derby City Council's leisure facilities.

In collaboration with Derby City Council: Leisure, candidates will be trained towards a Leisure Operations qualification to pave the way to  employment within the active leisure sector.

The full programme includes one and a half days in College, with the minimum equivalent of one day per week based in the workplace. Students must take account of their availability to travel, sometimes completing early morning or late night shift patterns and working through breaks such as Easter and May half term.

Applicants must complete a two-part interview process. Stage one is conducted by Derby College staff who will screen your English and maths abilities as well as assessing your competency and knowledge in an interview.

If you are successful at this stage, you will then go on to Stage 2 where you will be interviewed by the facility staff who will judge your suitability for placement. There are only 12 places available on this course.

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for students who have good communication skills, can use their initiative, can be trusted to maintain productivity unsupervised and who have a desire to work in the active leisure industry.

Candidates will need to have five GCSEs (graded 6-3) and to have competency in English and maths at Level 4 or higher to help with the theoretical aspects of the programme.

You should be able to demonstrate high standards of discipline, punctuality and attendance. It is essential that each student represents the employer in a positive light at all times while on work placement or they will be withdrawn from the position pending disciplinary action.

Practical sessions are compulsory, so students must also be physically able to take part in both indoor and outdoor sessions.

Students must be aware of their own ability to travel to their work placement to enable them to arrive on time consistently and reliably. Placements will be at three Derby City Council leisure venues: Derby Arena, Queen Street and Springwood Leisure Centre.

Course Content

Students will cover:

  • contributing to joint working with other organisations
  • customer service
  • supporting the development of sport or activity
  • setting up, taking down and storing activity equipment
  • contributing to environmental conservation in active leisure and recreation
  • giving customers a positive impression of yourself and your organisation

You will also complete Physical Activity and Fitness, First Aid and SL2 qualifications. Tutorials and enrichment activities make up the rest of your study programme.

How will I be assessed?

The majority of your learning will be assessed in the workplace. Assessors will visit you while on placement and conduct observations while you carry out your duties. Additional work sheets, underpinning knowledge questions and professional discussions will make up some of the other assessment methods.

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. DC Uniforms can be purchased for £50.
All learners must have a tablet or laptop to aid them with their studies.
A one-off payment of £50 is required as a contribution towards the end-of-year celebration event, DBS requirements, transport, trips and guest speakers. This money is to be received before November and in return you will have free gym membership for the academic year.
There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits.
Overseas work placements are available.

If you also join one of our sports academies, you may be required to purchase an academy-specific uniform which is an additional cost set by that academy.

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 Academy fees. For further information about our 'outstanding' Ofsted-rated accommodation provision, please contact maria.banks@derby-college.ac.uk

You will be provided with a uniform by Derby City Council: Leisure. This must be worn at all times while on placement.

When you are on placement you will need to have a plain black pair of shell tracksuit bottoms and a pair of clean, indoor trainers with non-marking soles.

As your work placement shifts may be based at the Derby Arena, Queen Street or Springwood Leisure Centre, you will need to be aware of the logistics of travelling to and from these sites from home, and the cost of travel you may incur.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
You could consider progressing to the following courses:
  • Apprenticeship in Leisure Facility Management
  • Diploma in Gym Instruction
  • Advanced Diploma in Sport Coaching
This study programme is designed for students wishing to be employed in the sports and active leisure industry.

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Jess Guest

Jess Guest

Apprenticeship leads to leisure centre personal trainer job for Jess

As someone who has always been sporty, working as a personal trainer at Matlock’s Arc Leisure Centre is the ideal job for 18-year-old Jess Guest.

Jess, who first worked at Arc on a casual basis, has been taken on full-time after completing a leisure apprenticeship with Derbyshire Dales District Council. While an apprentice, she gained her level two personal training qualifications with Derby College and she is currently working towards level three.

Jess, who is from Morton, took PE at GCSE and has been involved in competitive sport since a young age. She used to swim for City Of Derby Swimming Club and trained with Olympic Gold medallist Adam Peaty, who is also a former Derby College student. As part of her apprenticeship, Jess gained experience across a range of areas including lifeguarding, swimming teaching and Reception, as well as fitness instruction.

In her role as personal trainer, she now helps people to achieve their fitness goals, as well as showing them healthy new ways to shed excess pounds and build muscle tone. Since taking up her full-time role Jess has introduced Pound – a cardiovascular workout which involves exercising to the rhythm of drumsticks.

Arc is among only a handful of centres to offer Pound in Derbyshire and Jess’s classes are very popular. Working with people of all ages and abilities, she teaches a whole range of activities, including swimming and aerobics. Jess said Derby College had been very supportive throughout her apprenticeship and beyond it.


Steve, my college tutor, is really good. I’m assessed on site and he’s always very helpful and happy to give me advice whenever I need it. Working hours vary in this job and I work shifts and weekends.


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