Course Details

  • This qualification aims to train learners to a professionally competent level, enabling them to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes developing their skills knowledge to pursue a career in personal training.

    This course will consist of the following eleven units:

    • Principles of anatomy, physiology and fitness
    • Professionalism and customer care for fitness instructors
    • Health and safety in the fitness environment
    • Conducting client consultations to support positive behaviour change
    • Planning and instructing gym-based exercise
    • 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

  • Applicants will require some experience of gym-based exercises, including free weights.
    The course requires physical exertion, and individual participation is essential; therefore, a degree of physical fitness is necessary.
    You’ll also require Functional Skills Level 1 in Maths and English and, as there is an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved, learners should also have basic skills in communication pitched at level 2.

  • Over the course of your studies, you will complete a number of assessments including, coursework/projects, multiple choice examination, portfolio of evidence and practical demonstrations/assignments.

  • Upon successful completion of this qualification you will be able to progress onto:
    • Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Personal Training.
    • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral.
    • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Designing Prenatal and Postnatal Exercise Programmes.
    • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Designing Exercise Programmes for Older Adults.
    • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Designing Exercise Programmes for Disabled Clients.
    • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork.
    • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga.
    • Level 4 Certificate in Strength and Conditioning.
    These qualifications will be useful for those already working or looking to gain employment in roles as a gym instructor, fitness instructor or personal trainer.

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  • If you need help with affording college, there are a number of different finance and funding options available to you. You might be eligible for special bursary support or extra help from the government. Have a look at our fees, finance & funding page to find out all the information you need.

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