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Sports Therapy, Health & Well-being (Spartans) at Derby College

Course description

The Diploma in Promoting Health and Wellness is aimed at individuals wanting to pursue a career in the health, fitness and active leisure sectors. This qualification will suit individuals who want to become fitness instructors and/or health/wellness advisers. It is suitable for those considering employment/self-employment in different settings such as health and fitness clubs or in the wider community.

Course content

Knowledge and understanding relating to the qualification:

  • anatomy and physiology covering the heart and circulatory system, the respiratory system, structure and function of the skeleton, musculoskeletal system, postural and core stability, the nervous and energy systems and their relation to exercise
  • how to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
  • how to communicate with clients effectively and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme
  • an understanding of the benefits of a balanced diet and its contribution to a healthy lifestyle
  • an understanding of the principles of customer service
  • how to plan and prepare group exercise sessions
  • how to programme a variety of safe and effective exercise sessions for a range of clients
  • how to instruct a variety of exercise sessions
  • understanding factors that influence health and fitness
  • understanding the scientific basis of health promotion
  • knowing ways to use your own enterprise skills and characteristics
  • being able to use enterprise skills to plan, present and evaluate an enterprising project  

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for learners who have previously studied a Level 2 Certificate in Sport. You will need to have five GCSEs graded at C-D and to have competency in English and maths to help with the theoretical aspects of the programme. Maths is required at grade C or better. A resit in GCSE English will be mandatory for D grade learners.

You should be able to demonstrate high standards of discipline, punctuality and attendance. It is essential that each learner works to the deadlines set or they may face changes to, or withdrawal from, their study programme.

Practical sessions are compulsory, so learners must also be physically able to take part in both indoor and outdoor sessions. Although current gym membership is not required, you will be expected to use the gym as part of your ongoing professional development.  Your work placements may require you to travel to other College sites or to be available in gyms early in the morning or late at night.


You will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit.  You can expect to be assessed through:

  • eAssessment
  • multiple choice examination
  • portfolio of evidence
  • practical demonstration/assignment
  • written examination

Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.

Future opportunities

Further study
You could also consider progressing to the following courses:
  • Diploma in Personal Training
  • Advanced Research and Sport Science
  • Sports Coaching and Development
You may wish to seek employment in the sports and active leisure industry but the skills gained on the course are transferable to a wide range of jobs in other sectors.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Derby College directly.

Last updated date: 01 April 2016

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