Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater Centre

Who is the course for?

This new and exciting course is for students who have a desire and interest in working within the sport and leisure industry as a Personal Trainer or have a passion in sport and want to learn how to develop, design and implement tailored exercise programmes and improve the fitness levels and participation in gym based fitness activities for a variety of clients. The course will enable students to gain a nationally recognised qualification within the Fitness Industry and allow them to progress into the work place with a sound underpinning knowledge and understanding of Gym Instructing and operating as a Personal Trainer.

What does the course involve?

The course will include both theory and practical elements throughout the programme, consisting of:

  • Advanced anatomy and physiology
  • Deliver advanced gym techniques to a range of clients
  • Design, manage, and adapt a personal training programme
  • Planning and delivering group exercise sessions in the outdoor environment
  • Exercise programming for sports conditioning level
  • Business and marketing for the fitness professional
  • Principles of nutrition to support client goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme

Alongside this qualification you should also get an opportunity to supplement your fitness career with additional YMCA Awards qualifications including Sports Massage.

What makes this course special?

This new and exciting programme will be delivered by fully qualified teachers and Fitness Instructors who have a wealth of experience of working within the Sport and Leisure industry.  The course is nationally recognised within the Fitness Industry and by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS).  Students will have the opportunity to work within the College's Health and Fitness suite and develop their work experience and work as a Personal Trainer with gym members.

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Students have the opportunity to participate in an overseas residential. Past students have also participated in fund raising activities including cycling from London to Paris, providing and excellent opportunity to challenge fitness levels and team skills.

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Entry Requirements

To gain entry onto the course you will need either to have completed the YMCA Awards Level 2 Fitness Instructing.

What are the assessment methods?

The course is based on continual and summative assessment This will consist of:

  • Observation and practical exams
  • Multiple choice theory exams
  • Portfolio of evidence and assignments.

How long is the course?

One year.

What are the progression options?

The course aims to progress you onto a Foundation Degree in strength and conditioning or progressing laterally onto a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Coaching, Development and Fitness or Sports & Exercise Science programme.

Dave Bugg

Dave Bugg

Although the course was challenging it was great to work with real athletes and at different commercial establishments in the area. Making business contacts is crucial in this industry and the experiences I got from this course allowed me to network with various companies and encourage me to achieve my ambitions. Throughout my course I felt proud of the work I carried out with my clients, which was definitely my greatest achievement.”

Dave, former pupil of Chilton Trinity in Bridgwater, is currently a Bridgwater College Leisure Assistant.

Awarding Body

YMCA Diploma.

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