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Personal Training Level 3 Certificate at Kendal College

Course description

The government has set a target of achieving 70% of the population participating in sport and physical activity. This course will provide learners with the skills to help the nation achieve a healthier lifestyle. Exercise and fitness is a massive growth area in the UK, with a government drive towards reducing obesity and improving the nations health.

This course will prepare you for a career in the sport and active leisure industry as a personal trainer. It will allow you to plan and instruct individual and small group exercise to a range of different clients in a variety of settings. 

Throughout this qualification you will develop an understanding of the theory underpinning personal training, including anatomy and physiology, principles of exercise and fitness, how to support clients, health and safety, and the principles of nutrition.

Course content

During your course you will study a variety of modules:

- Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment

- Principles of exercise, fitness and health

- Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity

- Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health

- Programming personal training with clients

- Delivering personal training sessions

- Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme

Entry requirements

You should have the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-based exercise) and four GCSEs at A*-D including English, or a Level 1 Diploma at Merit or Distinction.

Potential students should have a positive, motivating, can do attitude and be willing to work both as part of a team or on their own.  Applicants are expected to have the skills to work with and motivate a variety of different clients. 

You will be required to attend College one evening per week and gain some relevant experience in the health and fitness industry. 

All students interested in this course should contact the course tutor prior to enrolment: Angela DaCosta:


The course will include practical and theory. A range of assessment methods will be used including written reports, session plans, designing training programmes and practical observations.

Future opportunities

This course will prepare you for more responsible roles at work. The course will develop your communication, organisation and planning skills.

During the course you will be supported in finding a suitable job in the health and fitness industry, such as personal trainer or leisure club manager. You may also progress to a degree or other higher level courses.

Recognition of your qualifications by employers can also lead to rapid career development in the workplace.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016
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