Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.
Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.
If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.
If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.
International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.
For more information, see our guide to fees.
This brand new programme will provide you with a broad base of knowledge and skills to pursue a successful career in a range of roles within the active leisure industry. It is a two-year qualification which will not only provide you with progression opportunities into Further and Higher Education but you will also obtain key employability qualifications which will allow you to secure paid employment as a fitness instructor or personal trainer and gain entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals.
Over the two years you will complete 14 mandatory units totalling 91 credits, and a further 40 credits from optional units. Units of study may include:
- Principles of anatomy, physiology and fitness
- Planning and instructing gym-based exercise
- Principles of customer care
- Applied human biology
- Principles of nutrition
- Programme design and delivery for personal training
- Enterprise and entrepreneurship
- Marketing produces and services
- echnology in Sport & Exercise
This qualification will form part of a study programme which will include exclusive access to our Sports Academy and Enrichment programme, Maths & English, Tutorial support, Work Experience, and development of employability and study skills.
Maths and English is a fundamental element of this study programme and skills in these areas will be embedded into your vocational learning. In addition, if you do not have a grade C in Maths and/or English you will attend a discrete GCSE or Functional Skills class as part of your weekly timetable.
L2 Diploma Pass/Merit + English and Maths GCSE at Grade D or equivalent OR 5 GCSEs A-D (preferably with English or Maths at Grade C, minimum Grade D) OR L1 Diploma Pass in exceptional circumstances + English and Maths at L1
Applicants may be asked to sit a literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment and must achieve a minimum of L1 All applicants must successfully pass an academic interview
This qualification will be assessed via synoptic assessment and externally set multiple-choice exams. Synoptic assessment allows individuals to identify and effectively use, in an integrated way, an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across a range of units. This will be in the form of assessment methods such as session plans, practical observations and demonstrations, role plays/simulations, consultations, presentations, and written work.
This qualification has exit routes after both year one and two.
Exit at year one: If completing a one-year programme you will complete with a Level 2 Diploma in Physical Activity, Fitness & Exercise Science, which includes a qualification in fitness instruction. This will give you the opportunity to progress onto a different level 3 programme of study or into employment within the fitness or active leisure industry. You will be able to enter the Register of Exercise Professions at Level 2.
Exit at year two: Upon completion of the two year programme you will have a Level 3 Diploma which carries UCAS points. From here you can progress into further Level 3 programmes to top up the points to progress onto a full degree, or you can progress onto HNC/HND programmes. Alternatively, you will also have the opportunity to go straight into the workplace as a personal trainer or in other roles within the sector. You will be able to enter the Register of Exercise Professionals at Level 3.
You will be required to attend college for approximately 12 hours per week, which will include your subject related sessions along with tutorial, and English & Maths as required. In addition to this you will be expected to undertake independent study to complete tasks, coursework and assessments.
You will study via a range of methods including theory seminars, practical sessions, workshops, and work placements, in dedicated classrooms and high quality facilities which include a full sized Sports Hall, Exercise Studio and Sports Science Laboratory with state of the art equipment. Some lessons may also occur in the large on-site health and fitness club, which students also have access to free of charge, or at off-site facilities. You will also learn through a range of relevant trips, visits and guest lectures.