Personal Training for Health Fitness and Performance

Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Availability & Details

Personal Training for Health Fitness and Performance - Level 3 Extended Diploma SF-PETR3E-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (1 years)

Examination board
Active IQ

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This comprehensive fitness diploma is the first of its kind. It offers over £8000 worth of technical certificates ranging from personal training to sports massage and entrepreneurism, as well as registered UCAS accreditation for application to university.

On completion of the course, you will have certification in:

  • Gym Instructing Certificate
  • Personal Training Certificate
  • Sports Massage Certificate
  • Soft tissue dysfunction
  • Sports injuries and rehabilitation
  • Applied human biology for exercise and fitness
  • Principles of nutrition for healthy lifestyles
  • Conducting consultations with personal training clients
  • Programme design and delivery for personal training
  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Marketing products and services
  • Delivering exceptional customer care
  • Managing personal and professional development
  • Health and safety in a physical activity, fitness and sport environment

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Science, English Language and Mathematics.

On this course you will study

Year One:

  • Exercise and fitness knowledge (anatomy, physiology, principles of exercise, health and safety, health and wellbeing)
  • Planning and instructing in a gym (client interview, behaviour change, planning and instructing)
  • Customer service
  • Personal and professional development
  • Employability (rights, responsibilities, CV writing and interview skills)
  • Personal and professional development
  • Technology in sport and exercise

Year Two:

  • Exercise and fitness knowledge (functional anatomy, physiology, principles, health and safety, nutrition) Level 3
  • Sports nutrition
  • Sports massage
  • Sports injuries
  • Planning and instructing personal training (client interview, fitness testing, behaviour change, planning and instructing)
  • Management (people management)
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship

Your teaching team consists of qualified Sports Therapists and Personal Trainers, all of whom have valuable and current industry experience alongside being fully qualified teachers. This combination provides a study programme which is designed to ensure you receive up to date content in a coherent and structured format.

Our Gym and Sports Massage clinic facility provides the opportunity to gain real industrial experience, working with members of the public to build those initial steps into the personal training and sports therapy industry.  


A range of practical assessments will be required both one-to-one and in groups. A comprehensive portfolio of learning will be maintained throughout the year, which will be in a written format. Two one and a half hour multiple choice exams will be set at the end of each year. There will also be case studies and a treatment clinic.

With this qualification you can work as a gym instructor, personal trainer or sports massage therapist either for your own business or in industry. You can also progress into a Higher Education course in sports science, exercise science or sports development.

Through the quality of our provision and members of the teaching team we have established excellent relationships with local fitness centres. Working closely with ROKO, Pure Gym, Horizon, alongside other providers there is the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and grow networking contacts.

The teaching and support was really great, the quality was really great, all the teachers really care about your education as well as your wellbeing, they take everything into consideration and they’re great.

Katie Whittingham, A Level student

College is definitely worth all the effort you put in, you get to meet lots of different people and it’s amazing.

Ebony Puttock, A Level student

I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

Matthew Randell, A Level student