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Personal Training & Instructing Diploma Level 3 at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Personal Trainer?

This one-year programme aims to recognise the skills, knowledge and competence required to work unsupervised as a personal trainer.

Most of the evidence you will generate must be collected in a 'real' environment with 'real' people, for example, the college's gym and working with staff and athletes attending the college's Sports Academy. This will allow you to develop skills and experience required by employers in the health and fitness industry.

Enrichment activities can include:

  • The Sports Academy
  • Gym
  • Outdoor pursuit activities
  • Guest speakers
  • Fundraising activities
  • Volunteering
  • Trips to Body Power, ice skating and bowling
  • Enhancement courses, e.g. kettlebells, boot camp, and First Aid through a successful bursary application

The pass rate for 2018 on this course was 100%.

What will I study?

Units of study are as follows:

  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise for health
  • Programming personal training with clients
  • Delivering personal training sessions
  • Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • Supporting clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  • Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  • Planning and delivering group exercise sessions in the outdoor environment
  • Exercise programming for sports conditioning
  • Business and marketing for the fitness professional

Students will study for a CYQ Diploma in Health, Fitness and Exercise, and Level 2 CYQ Certificate for Fitness Instructing. This combined course will help students develop the essential skills needed to instruct exercise and fitness.

Entry requirements

For access to our Advanced Vocational courses, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 4 equivalent (5 x Grade 4 or C). This should include Maths or English (Language or Literature) at Grade 4, and no less than a 3 in the other.

For Personal Training & Instructing specifically, this should include a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject area. If students have done a Level 3, grades must be no less than DMM.


How is the course assessed?

Through a variety of activities, including:

  • Multiple choice exams
  • Direct practical observations
  • Written workbooks
  • Coursework assignments
  • Some external assessments

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training. This will provide you with entry to REPs (the Register of Exercise Professionals) at Level 3, together with 20 REPs CDP (Continuing Professional Development) points. For more information about REPs, visit

Where are you going?

  • Gym Manager
  • Medic
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physiotherapist
  • Sport Development Officer

Further information

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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: 21 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: LVN3PTR

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