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Personal Training Diploma Level 3

  • Overview of the course

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    The Bolton College Fitness and Wellbeing Academy is a unique opportunity for enthusiastic young people who are interested in becoming Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers. The course is aimed at people
    who already attend gyms and aspire to work in gym environments, or may have gym instructor qualifications that they wish to add to.
    Once you have completed Year 1 and 2 of the Fitness Academy you will be equipped with a portfolio of qualifications which meet the needs of both local and national employers.
    Additional qualifications you will obtain at Level 3 are:
    • Outdoor Fitness Instructor
    • Kettlebell Instructor
    • Studio Resistance Instructor
    Please note - This is an industry ready qualification and so does not carry any UCAS points, instead, this qualification focuses on employability. Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes,
    enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.
  • What you'll learn

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    The full time (16 hours a week) one year course includes the Level 3 1st4Sport NVQ Diploma in Supporting
    the Delivery of Physical Education & School Sport and the Level 3 YMCA Diploma in Personal Training (Practitioner).
    You will learn:
    • Delivery of Physical Education & School Sport:
    • Communication & Professional Relationships with Children, Young People & Adults
    • Schools as Organisations
    • Understand Child & Young Person Development
    • Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Young People/Support Assessment for Learning
    • Plan a Physical Education & School Sport Programme
    • Deliver a Physical Education & School Sport Programme
    • Review the Delivery of a PE & School Sport Programme
    • Organise & Lead a Sports Event or Competition
    • Preparing for the Mentoring Role
    • Support Gifted & Talented Learners
    • Personal Training Practitioner:
    • Applied Anatomy & Physiology
    • Promoting Wellness Through Client Motivation &
    • Bespoke Exercise Programme Design
    • Customised Exercise Programme Instruction &
    Communication Techniques
    • Nutrition to Support Physical Activity
    • Business Acumen for a Successful Personal Training Practice
    We encourage our students to continue their English & maths study to Level 3
    Your programme consists of the following elements:
    • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
    • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
    • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
    • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
    • Tutorial & personal development (
  • Entry requirements

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    To apply, you need a Level 2 Fitness Instructor Certificate and a Level 2 Coaching or Activity Leadership
    qualification, and preferably have already achieved Maths and/or English Language at Grade 4 or above. All learners will be formally interviewed by staff to assess their suitability for the study programme.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You’ll be assessed by practical and theoretical assignments, including external exams and assessments.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    We’re part of the University of Bolton Group, which means you’ll benefit from all that the University has to offer, including world-class facilities and access to industry experts.
    Throughout your time at College, we’ll reward your achievements, with trips to The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre, the University’s outdoor pursuits centre, and so much more. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.
    In our last Ofsted inspection, we were graded ‘Good’.
    Our £75 million campus offers:
    • A newly refurbished fitness suite and sports hall
    • Apple Mac suites
    • Libraries
    • A theatre and dance studios
    • A café selling Costa coffee
    • The Academy Hair & Beauty Salon
    • Signature restaurant
    We also have a wide range of events throughout the year, including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    In the first instance please send a message to
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    You need to speak to one of our tutors before you can enrol on to this course therefore, please use the 'apply' button on this screen to register your interest. Once we have your details we will send you a text with a link to book a telephone interview. Please be aware that when a tutor calls you our number will appear as unknown/with-held/private.
  • Groups and Times

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    Group: A. First class: 05 September 2022. Last class: 13 Jul 2023
    • Monday : 13:00 - 14:00
    • Monday : 14:00 - 15:00
    • Monday : 15:00 - 16:00
    • Thursday : 13:00 - 14:00
    • Thursday : 14:00 - 15:30
    • Thursday : 15:30 - 17:00
  • Course Fees

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    Tuition Fee: £1417.00
    You can opt to pay these fees in monthly instalments. However, this is currently only possible by enrolling on campus.
    Courses fees are subject to change.
  • Additional Information

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    Coronavirus Update

    In response to the COVID-19 situation we have made a number of changes to our traditional admissions and enrolment processes.
    Most conditional offers and enrolments are currently being processed based on the information available to us at the time of a telephone interview and/or online enrolment.
    Once a course starts and we are able to meet with learners in person we may need to alter the class an individual attends if they do not meet the course entry requirements. We will keep learners informed of any decision to alter their class and support them through any changes necessary.
    Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in these unprecedented times.


    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, pleasecontact us via our Live Chat service available on any page of our website.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must provide evidence of their existing qualification at enrolment. Learners may not be able to enrol if this information is not provided when requested. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one applies to the exams you took):


    The best way to contact us is via our Live Chat service available from any page of our website. We endeavour to staff this service from 9am – 7pm, Monday to Thursdays and until 4pm on Fridays (during term time).
    Bolton College works hard to ensure that the information provided is accurate.
    All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Studying at College

    The health and safety of our learners and staff is still very important to us and so there may continue to be an element of study outside of the classroom during the 2021/22 academic year. The proportion of these hours will depend on the individual qualification(s) being undertaken. You must do the work set during these times or it will impact your progress on the course and therefore your achievement.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact the Recruitment & Relations Manager at

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, a member of the Reception Team or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or via
  • Disclaimer

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    You may be aware that Bolton College currently has some limitations on the way it works, due to COVID-19. Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, due to the changeable nature of the situation and updates to government guidance, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    7.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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