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Sport, Fitness and Personal Training Diploma Level 3

  • Course Type: Diploma

What can this course lead to?

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport, Fitness and Personal Training has a primary focus on progression to employment as a Personal Trainer. This allows learners to work independently as a personal trainer and gives them the skills and expertise needed to work with clients at different levels of fitness and across a wide age range. It is also suitable for those who want a career in the leisure and service industry, such as in a leisure centre. The qualification attracts UCAS points and is recognised by higher-education providers as meeting entry requirements to many degree level programmes.

Who is it for?

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport, Fitness and Personal Training is equivalent in size to two A levels. It is a two year, full time programme for those who want to work in the health and fitness industry including as a gym instructor and personal trainer. The qualification provides the knowledge and develops skills required for professional accreditation with CIMSPA (Chartered Institute of Management for Sport and Physical Activity) as a Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer.This course is delivered in partnership with Rhinos Gym Stamford who provide some of the gym space used during practical sessions. The course also utilises the gym at Borderville Sports Centre.

What is covered?

Year 1:


- Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry

- Health, Well Being and Sport

- Fitness Skills Development


Year 2:


- Self-Employment in Sport and Physical Activity

- Nutrition for Physical Performance

- Business and Technology in Personal Training

- Personal Trainer Skill Development

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

4 GCSEs grade 4 and above including English GCSE.


English is essential for the written part of the course.  There are a number of reports such as client feedback forms which need to be written and therefore English is essential. Those who do not achieve English can start on the L2 Sport programme, and progress to L3 the following year.


We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.


One of the ways we do this is through a very effective ‘6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):

  •  Allowing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks -subject to availability
  •  Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy / too hard – subject to availability
  • If you do not receive a 4 in Maths you will be able to retake this as part of your programme of study on the Level 3 course.
  •  One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team are available at should you have any further questions.


Start date: 02/09/2024

Course Code
2 Years
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