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Course Overview

Learners will cover:

  • Knowledge and understanding relating to the qualification:
    • 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 gym based exercise and 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

Target Candidates

This qualification is aimed at learners wishing to become a Personal Trainer, but who do not already hold the pre-requisite of Level 2 Fitness Instructing (Gym-Based Exercise). In addition to the planning and instructing of both Gym Based and Personal Training programmes, learners will cover; Anatomy and physiology (at levels 2 and 3); Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment; Principles of exercise, fitness and health; How to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity and the Application of the principles of nutrition within a physical activity programme.This qualification is suitable for the 16-19 study programmes or can be used as a stand-alone qualification.


There are no formal prerequisites for this qualification, however learners should have an interest in sport and exercise.