This course is designed for people wishing to pursue a career in the health and fitness sector as gym-based fitness instructors. It is the first year of a two-year programme towards qualifying as a Level 3 Personal Trainer.
This qualification must be achieved before moving on to study a Level 3 Personal Training qualification.
Minimum entry requirements for this course are set at five GCSEs at grade 3 or better. There is the opportunity to resit either English OR Maths should your GCSE profile support this.
Some experience of gym-based exercises, including free weights, is highly recommended. The course requires physical exertion and individual participation is essential. Therefore, a degree of physical fitness is necessary.
There is a requirement for communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) and learners should have basic skills in communication pitched at Level 2.
You should expect to be asked to lead sessions under supervision - individually and as part of a group - to external clients or other College students.
Course content will cover:
Health and safety in the fitness environment
The skills to conduct client and group inductions in a gym-based environment and support exercise adherence and a healthy lifestyle
The skills to plan, instruct and supervise safe and effective exercise and physical activity sessions
Professionalism for fitness instructing
Personal and professional development
Delivering exceptional customer service
You will be assessed via:
• Multiple Choice Examination
• Portfolio of Evidence
• Practical Demonstration/Assignment/Assessment
English or Maths GCSE resits will be assessed through examinations.
There are no additional course costs, though candidates may wish to consider CIMSPA membership at their own cost.
This qualification provides progression to the:
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.
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.