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Personal Training Level 3

Get the skills, knowledge and competence you need to work unsupervised as a personal trainer with our Level 3 Personal Training course.

This includes being able to offer one-to-one training, baseline assessment, nutritional advice and progressive programming which is specific to the individual needs of a client.

What do I learn?
This course covers:
• anatomy and physiology, including:
- the heart and circulatory system
- the musculoskeletal system
- postural and core stability
- the nervous, endocrine and energy systems and their relation to exercise and health
• how to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
• how to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients, the health benefits of physical activity, and the importance of healthy eating
• how to communicate with clients effectively, and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme
• how to apply the principles of nutrition to support client goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme
• how to design, manage, and adapt a personal training programme with apparently healthy adults of all ages
• how to deliver exercise and physical activity as part of a programme for apparently healthy adults of all ages

You learn through a mixture of practical and theory-based sessions utilising case studies, discussion groups and lectures on the core content.

Assessment is completed through the development of a portfolio of evidence, worksheets, multiple choice exams, continuous assessments and practical assessment.
What do I gain?
Providing fitness instructing services is a rewarding and responsible role, and you can apply the skills within a range of different environments. The qualification also develops communication and problem solving skills.
What do I need?
To do this course, you need:

Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing - Gym-Based Exercise (or equivalent)
What do I gain?
Successful completion of the qualification allows you to seek employment (paid or unpaid) as a fitness instructor within the fitness environment.

You can also progress to:
• Level 3 Award in Business Skills for the Fitness Professional
• Level 3 Award in Instructing Outdoor Fitness
• Level 3 Award in Sports Conditioning
• Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage (Soft Tissue Therapy)
• Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
What else do I need to know?
The fee for international students for the 2016 entrance is £6,300 per year.

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Location :

OXPPT Full-time Oxford City Centre


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Start Date :

Monday 10 September 2018

End Date :

Friday 28 June 2019
1 Year 16 to 18 EU tuition fee:£‎0.00
24+ Loan EU tuition fee:£‎1,417.00

Please note – Fees may be subject to change


case study

Keen sportsman Dan had always dreamt of a career in sports. However, instead of following his passion, he ‘fell into a job’ to pay the bills, working at a petrol station.   
He knew qualifications and experience would be key to achieving his goal of developing a career in sports: ‘I wasn’t the best student at school, so I needed to bring my English grade up.’ He enrolled on an evening GCSE English class at City of Oxford College, part of Activate Learning. Having achieved his desired grade, he then enrolled on a Level 2 Fitness instructor and a Level 3 Personal trainer programme. 
Dan was able to combine these flexible, evening programmes with paid employment. Now, Dan is well on his way to achieve his career dream. He is undertaking a two-year Foundation Degree in Sports programme, which he plans to convert into a degree with a top up year.  
Dan credits his learning experience at Activate Learning with having changed his career prospects and helped transform his life: ‘Being at college has given me direction, a progression route that matched my interests.’
The Foundation Degree in Sports combines theory and practice – from anatomy to mechanics, equipping Dan and other students with the knowledge to help clients exercise safely. Dan was part of the first cohort of apprentices working in the newly launched Oxford Lifestyle Centre, an incredible opportunity and a steep learning curve: ‘Being thrust into it was amazing. You have to learn skills to support customers because they have paid for it.’
Dan has set his sights firmly in a future in the sports industry: ‘After college, I will be starting a BsC in Sports at Oxford Brookes University in September.  Then I am planning to do some work experience with Northampton Town FC, a football team. I will be working with their physio and rehab team. I have enjoyed working with athletes because you can push them to achieve their best, and that gives me a great sense of achievement. 
‘I would say to anyone who is considering applying for the course to go for it, and to really immerse themselves. The more you put in, the more you get out. ‘
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