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Level 3 Advanced Fitness Academy - Personal Trainer

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Course Description

The Hopwood Hall Fitness Academy is a unique opportunity for enthusiastic young people who are interested in becoming Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers. The course is aimed at people who already attend gyms and aspire to work in gym environments, or may have gym instructor qualifications that they wish to add to. Once you have completed Year 1 of the Fitness Academy you will be equipped with a portfolio of qualifications which meet the needs of both local and national employers. Please note - This is an industry ready qualification which focuses on employability. It also carries 32 UCAS points.


Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training and Instruction accredited by YMCA


This course has been developed to meet the expanding employment opportunities within the Sports and Fitness industries including: health and fitness facilities, coaching/teaching, professional sport and performance. Combination of practical and written assignments with no examination. There will be a placement in the second year of the course which students must perform well in as part of the pass criteria

Topics on this course include:

  • Gym instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • Circuit instructor
  • Outdoor fitness
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise and fitness knowledge
  • Business and marketing
  • Indoor cycling
  • Studio resistance
  • Exercise for healthy children

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade C/4 or above to include English or maths. Level 2 gym qualification, NVQ Level 2 or VRQ Level 2

Work Experience

There is no specific work experience required or undertaken for this course however, students obtain the skills and knowledge that they need in order to progress into a career in the Sports industry.


Upon completion of this course, students have a number of options to choose from. If they wish to continue their studies, this course provides 32 UCAS points which can help with entry to higher education.

For other students, it will be time to enter employment with possible careers such as: Sport coaching, sports development, leisure centre assistant or supervisor, teaching, PE assistant in schools, armed forces, sports therapist, sports journalist, sports business & marketing, gym instructor, NHS public health initiatives.

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