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Personal Training - Level 3 at City of Oxford College

Course description

Get the skills, knowledge and competence you need to work unsupervised as a personal trainer with our Level 3 Personal Training course.

This includes being able to offer one-to-one training, baseline assessment, nutritional advice and progressive programming which is specific to the individual needs of a client.

Providing fitness instructing services is a rewarding and responsible role, and you can apply the skills within a range of different environments. The qualification also develops communication and problem solving skills.



Course content

This course covers:
• anatomy and physiology, including:
- the heart and circulatory system
- the musculoskeletal system
- postural and core stability
- the nervous, endocrine and energy systems and their relation to exercise and health
• how to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
• how to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients, the health benefits of physical activity, and the importance of healthy eating
• how to communicate with clients effectively, and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme
• how to apply the principles of nutrition to support client goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme
• how to design, manage, and adapt a personal training programme with apparently healthy adults of all ages
• how to deliver exercise and physical activity as part of a programme for apparently healthy adults of all ages

Entry requirements

To do this course, you need:

Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing - Gym-Based Exercise (or equivalent)


You learn through a mixture of practical and theory-based sessions utilising case studies, discussion groups and lectures on the core content.

Assessment is completed through the development of a portfolio of evidence, worksheets, multiple choice exams, continuous assessments and practical assessment.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the qualification allows you to seek employment (paid or unpaid) as a fitness instructor within the fitness environment. 

You can also progress to:
• Level 3 Award in Business Skills for the Fitness Professional
• Level 3 Award in Instructing Outdoor Fitness
• Level 3 Award in Sports Conditioning
• Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage (Soft Tissue Therapy)
• Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Oxford College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: OXPPT


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      • From South (Newbury) A34: Turn off A34 to Southern bypass and make for Cowley. At next roundabout, turn left to city centre (park and ride on left). Follow Abingdon Road to end, form left towards ice rink and parks. The College is opposite the ice rink.
      • From A423 (Henley/Reading): Join ring road at (Sainsburys) and turn left to next roundabout and right to city centre and ice rink.
      • From East (London): M40/A40 At end of A40 turn left at roundabout signed Cowley. Continue on the ring road, (4 roundabouts) to Abingdon Road, city centre and ice rink.
      • From the train station: the campus is 10 minutes walk from the station.