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Diploma in Personal Training – Level 3

This qualification will further develop learners who have existing knowledge and skills in gym instruction to enable them to pursue a career in personal training.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Sport
Adult and Community
Location: Broomfield Hall
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: N
Broomfield Hall

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Course Information for Students

This qualification will further develop learners who have existing knowledge and skills in gym instruction to enable them to pursue a career in personal training.

During the qualification, students will further their knowledge of anatomy and physiology, nutrition and lifestyle factors that affect wellbeing. They will develop their communication skills and motivational practice to support change, planning and conducting physical activity sessions with different types of clients in a variety of environments with a range of resources.

They will also gain an understanding of the legal and professional requirements for personal training, plus how to set up and manage a personal training business on a self-employed basis if they so wish.

Applicants must have completed a Level 2 Diploma in Gym Instruction and be able to evidence this prior to enrolment.

18 week courses are planned for:

Thursday 14/09/23 – 01/02/24

Thursday 08/02/24 – 04/07/24

All applicants must have completed a Level 2 Diploma in Gym Instruction (or similar qualification) and should be able to evidence this achievement prior to starting the course.

Candidates must show a positive approach to delivering exercise classes and physical activity sessions, while also being highly motivated to take part in physical activity sessions and training.

Links to gyms or leisure centres are recommended in order to confirm your work experience placements.

Candidates need to be physically able to perform to the demands of the role.

There are six mandatory units:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology for exercise, health and fitness
  • The principles of nutrition and their application to exercise and health
  • Understanding lifestyle, health, wellbeing and common medical conditions
  • Encouraging positive health and fitness behaviours in clients
  • Programme design and delivery for personal training
  • Professionalism and business acumen for personal trainers

This course will be delivered on-site at Broomfield Hall. The course is highly practical and you will be expected to both lead and take part in activity sessions.

Candidates should have appropriate kit to take part in gym sessions.

All learners are advised to have a tablet or laptop to aid them with their studies.

Although you do not need to be a member of a gym, it is expected that you will exercise and be physically active to role-model the expected behaviours of the career pathway you have opted to take.

To achieve this qualification, the learner is required to complete a number of different assessments, including:

• A case study working with a real client to enable the learner to complete an initial consultation, a food diary analysis, an educational activity for the client and a periodised programme including commentary/rationales and individual session plans

• Assignments – designing an infographic and educational information handout, recommending the use of technology to clients, and developing a new personal training business, including an initial business evaluation, market research and business planning

• Practical observations – consultations, training techniques and personal training

• Self-evaluation and reflective practice

Further study

Natural progression should be to the Level 4 Advanced Personal Trainer qualification.

You may also consider applying for the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy.


Alternatively you may wish to seek employment as a personal trainer or fitness professional.

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or or email

Course Information for Employers

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Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Fitness Instructors


Fitness Instructors

Health Associate Professionals


Health Associate Professionals

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Course Information Last Updated On: October 18, 2023 12:54 pm