Course Type: Part Time

Level 3 Personal Trainer

  • Course Code STA0088
  • Day Weekends
  • Time TBC
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Academy for Sport - Stadium

The course is ideal if you are a qualified fitness instructor, looking to become a personal trainer.

The aim of this qualification is to develop the skills, knowledge and competence required to work unsupervised as a personal trainer. 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.


You will cover:

  • 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 will be assessed in a variety of ways, including two separate online theory exams.  You will also be expected to plan a 12 week programme for a client.  In addition, you will be observed by an assessor delivering a personal training session.  

Successful completion of the course will allow entry on to REPS at level 3.

This programme will be delivered by passionate, knowledgable experienced staff at Gateshead College Academy for Sport.


An interview is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment includes assignments, practical assessments, oral questions and written papers. Students produce a portfolio of evidence to support the assessment process.

How will I be taught?

A mixture of classroom, practical and workshop work.

Qualifications needed

Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification

The cost of this course varies depending on your age and circumstances.

If you are under 19 years old, this course is free.

If you are aged over 19 years old you may qualify for free or reduced price course fees, depending on your circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 years over, you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee upfront in full and qualify for a 10% discount.

For an up to date cost and more finance information please visit an Enrolment Event, call 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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