Gym Instructing and Personal Training Diploma Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This coursewill develop your knowledge and skills in gym instruction and personal training, to enable you to pursue a career in the sector. This qualification will provide a combination of knowledge and skills to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes and personal training sessions to a range of clients.

To achieve the qualification, you must complete the six mandatory units:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Principles of nutrition
  • Lifestyle, health and wellbeing
  • Health and fitness behaviours in clients
  • Programme design and delivery for Personal Training
  • Business acumen

Assessment Methods

The course is assessed through multiple choice exams, practical demonstrations and a portfolio of evidence and assignments.

Progression Options

On successful completion, you could continue your studies by enrolling on either the Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral or Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy. Alternatively, you could progress to either the Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Fitness Instructing or Level 4 Certificate in Strength & Conditioning. There is also an Advanced Apprenticeship in Exercise & Fitness available if you prefer to earn while you learn.

Course Summary

Course Title Gym Instructing and Personal Training Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

While there are no other specific entry requirements, it is desirable that
you hold a relevant health, fitness or exercise qualification and have completed
at least one year at college already. You need GCSEs in the 9 to 4 range
including maths and English, or a Merit profile in a relevant Level 2

There is also an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading
and writing) is involved, and you need to have basic skills in
communication at Level 2.

The course requires physical exertion, and individual participation is
essential; therefore, a degree of physical fitness is

Attendance Requirements You will attend college for three to four days per week over the academic year.
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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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