Overview of the course
The Bolton College Fitness 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 of the Fitness Academy you will be equipped with a portfolio of qualifications which meet the needs of both local and national employers and you can progress onto our Level 3
Personal Training Diploma or an Apprenticeship.
An example of additional qualifications you will obtain in your 1st year are:
• Indoor Cycling Instructor
• Circuit Training Instructor
• Suspension Training Instructor (TRX)
• First Aid at Work
Please note - These are industry ready qualifications and so do not carry any UCAS points, instead, the course focuses on employability.
What you'll learn
YMCA Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate
• Anatomy & Physiology for Exercise & Fitness Instructors
• Providing a Positive Customer Experience in the Exercise Environment
• Lifestyle & Health Awareness Management
• Gym Based Programmed Planning & Preparation
• Gym Based Programme Delivery & Professional Instruction
We encourage our students to continue their English & maths study to Level 3.
Elements of Study
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)
You need the ambition of a career in sport and fitness, and will preferably already have 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?
There is a formal multiple choice external assessment on the YMCA course, and learners are also assessed using a variety of different methods such as questions sheets, task workbooks and tutor observations. Some units have more practical assignments that require visits to local sports facilities for activities. All coursework also incorporates many aspects of developing your written English and maths capabilities, up to the standards required by employers.
Supporting your learning and wellbeing
We want you to enjoy every minute of College, both in the classroom and out of it, so we have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services. These include FREE travel; FREE breakfast; dedicated Learning
Development Mentors; impartial advice and guidance; dedicated one-to-one support for learners with additional needs; and support with the cost of College, plus much more.
Alongside your studies, you’ll have a unique opportunity to be part of the University of Bolton’s EXCEED programme. This will give you a range of additional skills and experiences, and includes masterclasses; university visits; access to industry experts; and mentoring and support with your university application, perfect for that next step into Higher Education.
You could progress onto the Level 3 Fitness & Wellbeing Academy. Alternatively, BTEC courses are also available to focus on developing more academic knowledge and vocational industry related skills, combined with work related experience for progressing onto university or improving your employment potential in preparation for work.
Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting www.bolton.ac.uk
Following further study you could work as:
• A Fitness Instructor, where you could earn between £14,000 and £20,000 a year, depending on experience.
• A Personal Trainer, earning between £14,000 and £22,000 a year.
• A PE Teacher, earning between £24,000 and £32,000a year.
We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:
• Meeting guest speakers from the sport/fitness sector
• Participating in regional and national tournaments
• Taking part in enrichment activities such as social and sporting events, and getting involved in fundraising activities
As part of our Pre-Professionals Programme, you’ll have your own personal Learning Development Mentor and Careers Coach. They’ll help you to manage your studies, oversee your progress and aid in your personal development.
You’ll also benefit from quality work experience and industry placements, ensuring that you’re ready for the world of work.
You could also benefit from getting involved in volunteering opportunities, both locally and abroad, and youth social action projects, perfect for enhancing your CV.
Why choose us?
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
• 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.
How to apply?
Submit an application online by visiting www.boltoncollege.ac.uk/yp-application
Discover what Bolton College has to offer by attending one of our Open Events:
• Thursday 17th October 2019, 5.30pm-8pm
• Wednesday 20th November 2019, 5.30pm-8pm
• Tuesday 4th February 2020, 5.30pm-8pm
• Futures4Me Event - Monday 7th October 2019,3.30pm-7pm
Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.