Accessibility links

Personal Training & Instructing Diploma Level 3 at Bolton College

Course description

Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

The aim of this Level 3 qualification is to recognise the skills, knowledge and competence required for an individual to work unsupervised as a personal trainer.

If you have an interest in working as a Personal Trainer, or a desire to work in the sports industry, then this course may be for you. You will learn how to develop, design and tailor exercise programmes, and how to improve the fitness levels and participation in gym-based fitness activities for a variety of clients.

Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.

Course content

What you’ll learn 

During this course, you will cover:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Sports conditioning
  • The principles of Exercise & Fitness, and Programming & Nutrition
  • Instructing and Adapting Personal Training Sessions
  • Effective Working Relationships with Clients
  • Health, Safety & Welfare in the Fitness Environment
  • Planning and Delivering a Group Exercise Session in an Outdoor Environment
  • Business Planning

We encourage our students to continue their English & maths study to Level 3

Elements of study

Your programme consists of the following elements:

  • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
  • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
  • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
  • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
  • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)

Entry requirements

You should be at least 18 years old and have awareness of using a gym. We ask that you have a passion to teach and instruct within the Health & Fitness Industry.

We also ask that you have the CYQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing qualification.


A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the year-long programme, both internally and external assessed.

Financial information

Government-funded Further Education courses are usually free if you are aged 16-18 and are a British or European Union resident.  Financial help is available for some students, whose families are on low income. If you’re worried about the cost of going to College, why not pop in for a friendly chat with our Student Services team?

For any financial queries or information about available bursaries, feel free to contact Student Services at Deane Road by calling 01204 482 181/195 and asking for a member of the Student Finance Team; or alternatively, come by and see us – we’re here to help!



Future opportunities


Upon completion of this course, you will be in the perfect position to go on to an HND or degree course.

You could take this short course with a related GCE or other qualification to prepare for Further Education in areas of sport such as BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport Management or related degree programmes. You could also go on to study an NVQ vocational qualification in Sports Development, which could be work-based. With further training, you could go in to a job related to sport such as a Sport Coach, Trainer or Gym Instructor.


We’ve educated hundreds of sports enthusiasts over the last 60 years who went on to become personal trainers, leisure centre managers, physiotherapists and much more.

Training in the sports and fitness industry will provide you with numerous career opportunities for a long and fulfilling professional future. If you want to be actively involved in sports and fitness, you could earn £20,000 a year as a Fitness Instructor.

Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting

Following further study you could work as:

  • A Fitness Instructor where you could earn between £14,000 and £20,000 a year, depending on experience.
  • A Personal Trainer, earning between £12,000 and £20,000 a year.
  • A PE Teacher, earning between £22,000 and £32,000 a year.

Further information

Our £75 million campus offers:

  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee
  • Wella-approved hair salons

We also have a wide range of events throughout the year including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.

Number 1 for Achievement Rates

We’re the number one General FE and Tertiary College for 16-18 achievement rates in Greater Manchester.

Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’

Ofsted also agrees; in February we were inspected and graded 2 for ‘Good’. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.


We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:

  • Meeting guest speakers from the sector
  • Visiting local service providers
  • Taking part in enrichment activities – such as social and sporting events, and getting involved in fundraising activities


The College will support you throughout your time here; you will receive personal support from both your tutor and your Learning & Development Mentor. Support is also available from our dedicated Student Services team for personal, financial and careers guidance.

During their recent visit in February 2017, Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career”.

Open Events

Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.

Thursday 12th October 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 4.30pm - 8pm

Futures4Me Event

Thursday 28th September 2017, 3.30pm – 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 24 September 2017
Provider logo

Key information

Contact details