NSCG | Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training & Instruction
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Course overview

You will cover 23 units in total over this two year, full-time course. On successful completion of year one you will be awarded with the YMCA L2 Diploma in Health Fitness and Exercise Instruction.

Some examples of the units that you will study in year 1 will include Understanding the Employing Organisation, Understanding Employment Rights and Responsibilities, Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise, Health, Safety and Welfare in a Fitness Environment, Understanding the Active Leisure and Learning Sector, Instructing Circuit Training, Diet, Nutrition for Healthy Living, Principles of Exercise, Fitness and Health and Planning and Instructing Gym-Based Exercise.

Examples of year 2 units include Programming and delivering personal training sessions, Sports conditioning, Delivering outdoor fitness sessions, Anatomy and physiology and Business and marketing.

What else do I need to know?

In addition to your year two main programme you will be supported in obtaining a 1 day per week work placement opportunity in one of the local gym organisations. This will not only help to supplement your knowledge and understanding but will also ensure you are industry ready at the end of the course.

Alongside your course you will study maths or English to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured weekly sessions as part of your timetable. Maths and English development is also integrated in practical assignments.

What are the entry requirements?

Usually a minimum of four or more high grades at GCSE (4-9) in subjects that are relevant to the course you’d like to study, including maths and/or English. Alternatively, you’ll need a Level 2 Diploma with overall Merit in a relevant subject and maths and English at appropriate levels.

An interest in progressing into employment in the fitness industry as a gym instructor or personal trainer is a pre-requisite of the course. You are also required to attend a College interview to establish your suitability for the course. If you do not meet these entry requirements you will be advised of other suitable alternative courses.

How is it assessed?

You will also be expected to undertake independent study at home towards your assessments and will be supported by the YMCA e-learning suite that includes interactive resources and learning materials. Alongside your course you will be expected to participate in all activities and excursions that are arranged as part of your course. Alongside your main course programme you will also study maths and/or English to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured classes. You will also be assessed on your literacy and numeracy skills throughout the course. You will also be expected to purchase a NSCG FIT top to wear during practical sessions. There are online resources to support you on this course and additonal learning support if required.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

On completion of the course you will gain your YMCA L2 Diploma in Health, Fitness and Exercise Instruction and your L3 Diploma in Personal Training and Instruction both of which are required by all major employers in the health and fitness industry. Both qualifications also give you the opportunity to develop a range of techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life. The course also provides you with 32 UCAS points and 40 REP CPD points.

How do I find out more?

If you wish to find out more you can contact Anthony Walton, Curriculum Leader in Sport Development, Coaching & Fitness by emailing: anthony.walton@nscg.ac.uk

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