YMCA Gym Instructing and Personal Training (Practioner) Diploma Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course is for those who have the desire and interest to work within the sport and leisure industry as a Personal Trainer, or have a passion for sport and want to learn how to develop, design and implement tailored exercise programmes and improve the fitness levels and participation in gym-based fitness activities for a variety of clients.

This qualification is suitable for learners holding a Level 2 qualification in Gym Instruction or equivalent who wish to progress in a career as a professional Personal Trainer on an employed or self-employed basis.

Units may include:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Health and wellness
  • Bespoke exercise programme design
  • Business acumen

Alongside this qualification you may also have an opportunity to supplement your fitness career with additional qualifications including sports massage.

Assessment Methods

The course is based on continual assessment made up of observation and practical exams, multiple choice theory tests and a portfolio of evidence and assignments.

Progression Options

The aim of the course is to help you progress onto the Foundation Degree in Sports Science with Sports Coaching Education at University Centre Somserset. Alternatively, you could progress straight into industry working as a personal trainer or onto an apprenticeship programme.

Course Summary

Course Title YMCA Gym Instructing and Personal Training (Practioner) Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the A* to C or 9 to 4 grades.

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This course has taught me a lot of useful skills like being organised to help prioritise my workload and meet deadlines and communicating effectively which is essential when coaching sports.

Alicia Dias

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