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Level: 1

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Level 1 College Certificate in Skills for the Fitness Industry study programme is aimed at the student who wants to pursue a career as a fitness instructor or health advisor. The year-long course will combine the development of English and maths skills with a programme of gym instruction, first aid and physical activity. The programme is designed to help students to progress to a Level 2 Diploma in Exercise and Fitness Instruction in Year 2 by ensuring their English and maths skills are advanced.

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for students who have low scores in their GCSEs or limited GCSE achievement. You will need to have five GCSEs graded at level 4-2 and have a desire to improve your maths and English performance scores as this will be a key focus of the study programme.

You should be able to demonstrate high standards of discipline, punctuality and attendance. It is essential that each student works to the deadlines set or they may face changes to, or withdrawal from, their study programme.

Practical sessions are compulsory, so you must also be physically able to take part in both indoor and outdoor sessions, and ensure good personal hygiene. Although current gym membership is not required, you will be expected to use the gym as part of your ongoing professional development.  

Course Content

This study programme will focus on developing your English and maths skills to prepare you for higher level courses.
 
You will cover key topics such as anatomy and physiology; health, safety and welfare; communication skills; personal hygiene; customer service; lifestyle; and diets.
 
The course is made up of a number of stand-alone qualifications including:
  • First Aid
  • Physical Activity and Fitness
  • Functional English
  • Functional Maths

The course will also include a work placement and tutorials.

How will I be assessed?

Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.

You will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit.  You are expected to work on multiple assessments at any one time and can expect to be assessed through:

  • practical demonstration
  • logbooks and performance records
  • written reports and essays
  • presentations
  • workbooks
  • discussions and vivas

 

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.

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

 

What can I do after this course?

Further study

You could consider progressing to:
  • An apprenticeship in exercise and fitness
  • A diploma in instructing exercise and fitness
  • A Developing Careers in Sport course
Careers
 
You may wish to seek employment in the sports and active leisure industry but the skills gained on the course are also transferable to a wide range of jobs in other sectors.

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Rosie Sharp

Rosie Sharp

College powers weight trainer Rosie’s gym career forward

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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