Personal Training, Therapy and Conditioning

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Qualification type: Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body Active IQ & First4Sport
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 year
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

The course is aimed at those wanting to pursue a career in the Health and Fitness industry as a Personal Trainer or Massage Therapist. We will provide you with a combination of knowledge and skills to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes and personal training sessions to a range of clients. Further to this, you will enhance your skill set and gain the knowledge and skills needed to provide sports massage therapy to a range of clients who have dysfunctional tissue, without acute/post-acute injuries or underlying pathological conditions. You will also further enhance your level of Strength and Conditioning knowledge providing a deeper understanding of the training.

Within the course you will study and qualify in:
Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Physical Activity, Fitness and Exercise Science (QCF)

This includes:
- L3 Personal Training
- L3 Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance
- L3 Planning and Instructing Outdoor Fitness
- L3 Sports Massage

Additionally you will also complete the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Strength and Conditioning for Sport (QCF).

Attendance for this course is 2-3 days a week.

Entry requirements

There is no direct entry onto this course. You must be 16 years or older and either have completed the Level 2 Exercise, Fitness and Conditioning course with us, or hold a Level 2 qualification in Fitness Instructing (Gym) as a minimum.

There is an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved and therefore you should have basic skills in communication covered in Level 2. The course requires physical exertion and individual participation is essential; therefore, a degree of physical fitness is necessary.

Some experience of gym-based exercises, including free weights, is highly recommended.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

There will be numerous methods of teaching and learning to ensure the course is diverse to meet the needs of all types of learners; ranging from seminar work, individual and group activities, interactive activities, and presentations with a lot of gym based study to cement the necessary skills.

How will I be assessed

You will be internally assessed via:

• Coursework
• Multiple choice examination
• Portfolio of evidence
• Practical demonstration / assessment

Things you may need

You will not require any specialist equipment, however a uniform will be expected to prepare for industry.

Shower facilities are available following practical based sessions. You will need note pads and pens for note taking, and it would be advisable to have a memory stick although most work can be accessed online.

What next

You can progress straight into employment within the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer/Sports Massage Therapist, or progress to the Level 3-4 Advanced Training with Strength and Conditioning course.

You can move on to study further qualifications such as:
• Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral (QCF)
• Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training (QCF)
• Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training and Business Skills for Fitness Professionals (QCF)
• Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Health and Fitness (QCF)
• Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork (QCF)
• Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga (QCF)
• Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy
• Level 4 special populations’ qualifications.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.

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