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Sport, Fitness and Personal Training Diploma Level 3

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

If you want to pursue a career in the health and fitness sector as a personal trainer or fitness professional this is an excellent place to start. This course also meets entry requirements for those who would like to progress to university as an exit route or even straight into employment within the fitness and leisure industry.

This qualification provides the knowledge and develops the skills and application required for professional accreditation with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) and the Chartered Institute of Management for Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer standards. 


What Does The Programme Include

Students will go out in to the workplace (local gyms, leisure centres etc) and gain practical experience alongside college based lessons in the gym as well as the classroom.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grades 4/​C or above including English and/​or maths.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

This course is 100% coursework. This will include practical observed sessions, written work, presentations and case studies.

Additional Information

There are a number of trips and visits throughout the year locally and further afield which cost around £100 per year. You will also need to purchase uniform at the beginning of the course for £120.00 which is worn throughout the course.

Potential Future Career

This course will provide you with a Personal Training qualification alongside the Diploma, allowing you to go into the workplace as a qualified Personal Trainer or Gym Instructor. On successful completion of this course, you can progress to study the HND in Sport and Exercise Science at University Centre Peterborough, or other sport degrees at University. You could also progress to careers in Sports Coaching, PE Teaching, Sports Journalism or Sports Therapy.

Course Content

You will study the following units:

  • Personal Trainer Skills Development 
  • Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
  • Health, Wellbeing and Sport
  • Fitness Skills Development
  • Self Employment in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Nutrition for Physical Performance
  • Business and Technology in Personal Training


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This course has allowed me to gain knowledge in football coaching. I now have a Sports Leader Award whilst studying here and have the opportunity to progress to Uni!

Liam Harper



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