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Sport, Fitness and Personal Training (Level 3 National Diploma)

Pearson BTEC

Course Overview

This course is a unique blend of an academic qualification (BTEC Level 3) and professional industry certification (YMCA L2 Gym Instructor/Level 3 Personal Trainer). The health and fitness industry is continuing to grow, leading to many employment opportunities for people with industry-recognised qualifications. Learners will benefit from a teaching team of active practitioners, with a wealth of professional industry experience. Learners can attain industry standard qualifications that provide direct route to employment including the Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate and a Level 3 Personal Trainer Diploma. This programme is intended for learners who are looking to progress to employment or learners interested in further education progression such a Foundation Degree or University Degree programmes. The BTEC element is equivalent to 2 A-Levels gaining UCAS points for progression to university (grade profile dependent).This course is ideal for learners interested in the fitness and health industry with a goal to gain employment in employed or self-employed roles such as Gym Instructor, Personal Trainer, Leisure Centre Attendant, or Gym Management.
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    2 Years
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma Sport, Fitness and Personal Training
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 02/09/2024
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma Sport, Fitness and Personal Training
    Campus: Strabane
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 02/09/2024

Course Offering

  • Site location Strabane Strand Road
Two young female students walking and laughing together

Course Modules

  • Business and Technology in Personal Training
  • Careers in Sport and Active Leisure
  • Fitness Skills Development
  • Health, Wellbeing and Sport
  • Nutrition for Physical Performance
  • Personal Skills Development
  • Personal Trainer Skills Development
  • Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Research Project in Sport
  • Sports Injuries
  • Functional Sports Massage
  • Fitness Testing
  • Organising Events in Sport
  • YMCA Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate
  • YMCA Level 3 Personal Trainer Diploma
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

4 GCSEs (Grade C or above); OR Level 2 Diploma

ROI Requirements

4 OLC (Grade O5 or above) OR Leaving Certificate Applied – Merit, OR Level 2 Diploma

Additional Requirements Prior to Entry

Attendance at Information Session

Work Placement

The nature of this course will require students to engage with employers within the industry at regular intervals. There is no formal work placement on the course, but students will be expected to engage in coaching practices at their own clubs and with course coaching sessions. In Year 2, there may be an opportunity to complete an Erasmus project to a European country. In 2023, Sports students travelled to Malaga for a two-week work placement in sports coaching, physiotherapy, fitness instructing and teaching.

What's Next?

Further Study

Students will achieve UCAS points through completion of this course. Therefore, progression to higher education i.e. Foundation Degrees and University Degrees remains a valid option for many students (dependent on the grade profile achieved). Progression routes can include our Foundation Degree in Sport (validated by Ulster University) and degrees such as PE Teaching, Sports Coaching, Fitness Instruction and Sports Development at universities such as Ulster University, Liverpool Hope, Liverpool John Moore’s and University of Central Lancashire.

Career Prospects

This course is ideal for students keen to move directly into employment within the fitness industry. Leaners can achieve fitness industry qualifcations that provide direct entry to employement. The course content provides learners with up-to-date knowledge, understanding and practical skills to pursue a career in the fitness industry.


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    There’s such a social and friendly atmosphere at the college. My lecturers are extremely supportive and the facilities are first class.
    Leroy Grant (Barbering)
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    I’m so glad I was able to spend the last 2 years focused on Art, rather than having to study 3 different subjects
    Caroline Barr
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