BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, Fitness and Personal Training

Level 1 Diploma
Course Location


Cheadle College


Cheadle College

Further Details


College 16-18

Course Start Date


Course Duration

Full-Time - 2 Years



Course Overview

The BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, Fitness and Personal Training is a two-year course that is equivalent to three A levels and is aimed at learners who wish to progress into a career in personal training and the wider sports industry at the conclusion of their studies. Whether your goals are to work in gym and health club settings, be self-employed with private clients, or aspire to be the next big fitness influencer, this qualification will get you closer to your goals.

The course is 100% internally assessed through twelve coursework-based units over the two years which aim to provide learners with opportunities to sample a wide range of specialist areas within both personal training and general sports science topics. This will allow you to develop the knowledge and practical skills that will help you to progress into employment in personal training and the wider sports industry or progress on to several higher education courses related to the sports industry.

Each unit is split into several assignments which aim to assess your understanding of a variety of criteria, and are graded as pass, merit, or distinction. After completing each unit, each grade is added to a total which will give you your final grade profile.

The mandatory content (listed below) allows learners to develop their technical skills, supported by underpinning knowledge, and gives learners the opportunity to relate this to realistic work situations. This prepares learners to act independently as instructors and gives them the skills, expertise and confidence to lead exercise sessions.

Learners will also select optional units which will allow learners to increase their breadth of understanding of working in the sports industry. For example, how to deal with sports injuries and nutrition to support the mental health and progress of participants, fitness testing to assess the fitness of participants, and technical skills to develop participants’ techniques.

More than just a course: This is a career-focused qualification with industry endorsement and accreditation. It enables learners to develop an underpinning knowledge and technical skills and to gain experience as a Personal Trainer. It is endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

General entry requirements for our Level 3 Vocational Qualifications include 4 GCSEs grade 4 or above, including English and/or Maths. For Sport, Fitness and Personal Training we are looking for applicants with a passion for the industry.

We are an inclusive college and will consider all applications at interview.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is intended for post-16 learners who want to progress directly to self-employment in the health and fitness sector as a personal trainer or into University to further their studies and career options.

This is a fast-paced course that will help you develop subject-specific skills as well as interpersonal skills. You will need to have a relatively good level of fitness in order to meet the practical requirements of the course. The course makes full use of the excellent facilities we have.

On successful completion of the qualification, you will be qualified to apply for membership of Chartered Institute of Management for Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA) and The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)

Students will complete a range of modules to develop the skills and knowledge required to be competent in this field. Here are some examples of modules that will be studied over the duration of the course:
? Unit A: Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
? Unit B: Health, Wellbeing and Sport
? Unit C2: Fitness Skills Development
? Unit D2: Personal Trainer Skills Development
? Unit E: Research Project in Sport
? Unit 2: Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity

This course is designed for learners to progress straight into paid employment within the health and fitness industry. The course is approved by CIMSPA and the Register of Exercise Professionals and successful completion provides individuals with a license to practice as a Personal Trainer or Gym Instructor.

Learners will also have the option to progress into an Apprenticeship, Higher Education and University to become a Sport Scientist or Sports Nutritionist in the sector.

There are many career options following the completion of our course:
Personal Trainer
Sports Psychologist
Sports Development Officer
Sports Therapist
Sports Scientist
Sports Business Management
Sports Leisure Management
Sports Analysis

Written Assignments
Interview process
1-1 Consultations
Practical assessments
Verbal questioning
Practical investigations

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are a resident in the UK and the European Economic Area or have been for the last 3 years. You must be under 19 years old on 31st August in the calendar year you start your course.

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