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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.

For candidates to undertake this apprenticeship, they will need to have already achieved a Level 2 Gym Instruction or equivalent qualification. Preferably candidates will already have an employer ready to start their apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have achieved a Level 2 Gym Instruction qualification or the equivalent.

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


Course Content

The Fitness Training content includes:

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Lifestyle, Health and Wellbeing
  • Encouraging Positive Health and Fitness Behaviours
  • Programme Design
  • Business Acumen and Professionalism


How will I be assessed?

When you are adjudged to be ready for end-point assessment, you will be entered for your final assessments. As you progress through the course, you will need to be revising information, implementing strategies, designing and recording activities that will be collated in a portfolio of evidence. This evidence will be relied upon in order for you to meet the assessment standards at the end of your apprenticeship. It will consist of:

  • Practical observation with questions and answers
  • Presentation with questions and answers.
  • Interview


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

  • Level 4 Advanced Personal Training


  • Personal Training Instructor roles



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Christian Flanagan

Christian Flanagan

Former runner Christian on right track for personal training career

Training for a sport-related career was a natural step for DCG personal training student Christian Flanagan.
Christian, who is 19 and from Allestree, comes from a sports-loving family and has been actively involved in sport from a young age.
He is currently completing level 3 in sports massage at Broomfield Hall, having previously gained a level 2 certificate in gym instruction and level 3 diploma in personal training.
Christian has been going to the gym since he was 12, has played basketball for his county, and at 15 became the fastest 100m runner in his age group in Derbyshire, recording a time of just 10.9 seconds. Until he started college, he ran for Derby Athletic Club at Moorways.
Having a dad who used to play cricket semi-professionally has also been a big influence on his career choices.
Christian added: “I enjoy College. Our lecturers are good, I like the course content and the social side is great. I’d definitely recommend Broomfield Hall and the sports courses if you’re thinking of going into personal training.”
Christian had been working at a Derby gym for a year until the pandemic struck but hopes to get another job as a gym instructor when he leaves college next year.
Ultimately, he would like to work for himself as a personal trainer, with sports massage among the services he’ll be able to offer his own clients. 

I enjoy College. Our lecturers are good, I like the course content and the social side is great. I’d definitely recommend Broomfield Hall and the sports courses if you’re thinking of going into personal training


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