Personal Training and Instruction - Level 3

This course will advance your knowledge in the health and fitness industry and prepare you for a career as a Personal Trainer in private and public health and fitness providers, or as a self-employed trainer.

The physical components and practical assessments involve both gym and outdoor based sessions. It will provide you with the opportunity to develop a range of skills, techniques and personal qualities that you will need for successful performance in the workplace.

The course comprises of both theory and practical elements, which will develop the underpinning knowledge achieved at Level 2. This Level 3 qualification is fast becoming the minimum requirement for all Personal Trainers.

The programme also includes studying maths and English towards GCSE grade A*-C (new grading system: 9-4) if you do not already have these grades.

What topics/modules are covered?

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Sports Conditioning
  • The principles of exercise and fitness, programming and nutrition
  • Instructing and adapt personal training sessions
  • Effective working relationships with clients
  • Health, safety and welfare in the fitness environment
  • Planning and delivering a group exercise session in an outdoor environment
  • Business planning

What are the entry requirements?

In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least one of the following:

  • 4 GCSEs at grade C (new grading system: 4) or above


  • A relevant Level 2 qualification


  • Industry related experience

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

  • Personal Trainer
  • Gym Instructor
  • Health Trainer
  • Community Sports Coach
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Physiotherapist
  • Conditioning Coach

What qualification will I gain?

Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training and Instruction.

Start date



1 year.

Where will I be based?

The Sixth Form Centre, Hugh Baird College.

Who is the awarding body?

Central YMCA Qualifications.


Aged 16-18 Aged 19-23 and 1st full level 3 Aged 19+ Loan
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Financial Support

If you are aged 19+ you may be eligible for financial support to cover the cost of the course and/or travel, childcare and equipment expenses. Click here to find out more.



Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Wednesday, 20 December 2017 09:30