Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training Module 1

Comprehensive Personal Trainer Level 3 Diploma with Self Employment support, guaranteed interview programme and a Career Accelerator Package

Next Scheduled Date: 7 Sep 2020

  • Location: Portsmouth
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Funding:
  • Total Cost: £2,647.92
  • Total Cost Post-October 2020: £2,699.33
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Why take this course?

  • Become a fully qualified and skilled fitness professional through a comprehensive modular training programme delivered in association with Future Fit, the 2016 and 2017 UK Active Training Provider of the Year and Supplier of the Year 2018
  • Use of real life participants for assessment ensures our attendees gain practical experience and are better prepared for their future career as a Fitness Instructor or as a self-employed Personal Trainer.
  • Guaranteed Interview with leading gyms and health clubs around the UK
    Focus on self employment through an e learning module covering the planning, setting up and building of the business and brand through to the financial and legal aspects and managing the business and clients
  • All attendees gain access to a Career Accelerator Package with essential tools and advice to set up a successful business.

Is this the right course for me?

This is an ideal course for anyone planning a career in the fitness industry, in either an employed or self-employed capacity.

The training provides the required qualifications for those seeking to work within a gym environment as well as those who may be considering a self-employed Personal Trainer position.

This course is suitable for those with a Physical training background from the Services and also Service leavers who would like to consider this as a new career opportunity.


Transcend Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
Future Fit Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-based exercise)
Transcend Level 3 Nutrition & Weight Management


Eligibility to enrol on this Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training is a reasonable level of physical fitness and a strong interest in health, fitness and wellbeing. No prior qualifications are required although writing and numeracy skills are required for presentation of course work.

Attendees should have access to IT facilities in order to prepare course work and complete e-learning modules, and where relevant, the use of skype or similar for remote assessments (see below).

Please note: Module 1 is a pre-requisite for the Module 2 Diploma. These are not independent modules and must be booked together. Module 1 is not available on its own.

Use of a ‘Real-Life’ participant
As mentioned above, attendees will be assessed on the progress they have made with a real life participant. Attendees will need to find an individual, colleague (not a fellow student on the course) or friend who they can develop a programme for, and meet on regular occasions throughout the course to check their progress and suggest changes as required.

The individual/'Real life' participant would be required to attend the assessment at our training centre on up to 2 occasions, however where this is not possible, the training provider will check to see if assessments are scheduled for similar dates in a more local venue. If no other alternative can be found the assessment may be carried out in exceptional circumstances only via Skype or other online means. This will be discussed in advance of the course or during week 1. Due to this, the Module 4 assessment dates may change.

Fees & Funding

  • Course Fee £2,545.92
  • Exam Fee £102.00
  • Total Cost £2,647.92

Fee Information

Please note: Price for Module 1 is total for all four modules.

Course Content

This course is delivered through blended learning to enable attendees to gain the knowledge and skills through classroom and practical training, and further develop these through the training of a ‘real life’ participant. Attendees will complete 18 days of classroom and workshop training alongside e-learning training, and will be assessed through written case studies and practical assessments, including assessment of their progress with a client at the training centre or via a video assessment.

We would recommend that you already have a ‘real life’ participant in mind before starting the programme. Please make them aware of the below schedule so that you are both prepared for key dates of when you will be working together.

Pre-course study:
Anatomy and Physiology


Module 1: Practical Training Workshops
Gym Instructor Workshop– including Anatomy & Physiology Assessment (3 days), covering:

  • Health and safety
  • The roles and responsibilities of a Gym Instructor
  • Code of Ethical Practice
  • Health screening
  • The Coaching Formula
  • Practical teaching skills – mobility, cardiovascular machines, resistance machines, free weights, stretching and flexibility
  • Basic exercise prescription

Circuit Training Workshop (1 day)
Functional Training Workshop (1 day)

5 Days

Home study
Preparation for Gym Instructor Assessment with your 'real-life' candidate

L3 Advanced Anatomy & Physiology

Private study over 4 weeks.

E-learning 20 hours study time (approx. 4 weeks


.Module 2: Practical Training Workshops
Gym Instructor Assessment with real life candidate (1 day)

L3 Advanced Anatomy & Physiology Exam

Nutrition & Weight Management (3 days)

  • What is a healthy diet?
  • Macronutrients (carbohydrate, fat and protein)
  • Micronutrients (vitamins and minerals)
  • Dietary assessment
  • Fluids and Hydration
  • Understanding food labels
  • Alcohol
  • Energy balance
  • Approaches to weight loss
  • Working with clients
  • Running a weight loss group

Professional boundaries and code of ethics

Personal Training practical study (5 days) including Level 3 Exercise Programming & Coaching:

Day 1

  • Role of the Personal Trainer
  • Health screening and risk stratification
  • Fitness assessment

Day 2

  • Fitness assessment (cont’d)
  • Lifestyle assessment
  • Stress management
  • Postural assessment

Day 3

  • Theory and practical – cardiovascular exercise prescription
  • Theory and practical – resistance exercise prescription (advanced resistance training approaches)
  • Theory and practical – flexibility prescription: dynamic stretching and partner-assisted stretching

Day 4

  • Motivation and goal setting
  • Kinesiology and applied exercise physiology
  • Theory and Practical - training outside the gym environment

Day 5

  • Case studies
  • Assessment requirements and procedures
  • Q+A and open forum

Nuffield Health or Mountbatten Centre

9 Days

Home Study
Practical work with real life participant
Develop portfolio of evidence for Personal Trainer Assessment
Begin Nutrition Case Study using the same participant

Private Study over 4 weeks

To begin immediately after Module 2



Module 3: Workshop Training

  • Core Training Workshop(1 day)
  • Suspension Training (1 day)
  • PT Assessment


4 days ( or 2 days if attending PT assessment at another venue and date)

On-going post course home study

  • Continue working on Nutrition case study

Private study over 4 weeks

Individual E Learning Modules:

  • Exercise for Fat Loss
  • Advanced Resistance Training
  • Behaviour Change Coaching
  • Building your Fitness Business

Can be completed during or after course


Exact dates for Module 3 assessments  will be organised with Future Fit if you will not be attending Portsmouth with your ‘real life’ participant.

Course Assessments:
Gym Instructor
The practical assessment involves teaching a healthy adult beginner or intermediate client, whilst being observed by a Future Fit Assessor. The assessment also includes written work in the form of a portfolio of evidence and once students have passed the 2 multiple choice exams, 2 workbooks, portfolio and practical assessment they will be awarded a Future Fit Training Gym Instructor Certificate – this is the license to teach. The Future Fit Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-based exercise) will be claimed at this point.
The exams to be undertaken by students are:
Anatomy and physiology exam (1 hour): Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise
Anatomy and physiology exam (30 minutes): Principles of Exercise, Fitness and Health

Level 3 Exercise Programming & Coaching
The assessment for this course is via a portfolio of evidence, which students will need to create a 12-week training programme for a real participant. Students will need to begin working with a participant immediately after the course (Module 2).
This is followed by a practical assessment which takes place 4 weeks after the practical course. Students need to meet the participant on a regular basis during this 4-week period, monitoring their progress and any changes that have occurred. They must bring the same person they have been working with to the practical assessment.

Level 3 Nutrition & Weight Management
The assessment is via an 8-week case study on a real life participant. They will be required to analyse food diaries and their participant’s lifestyle, then offer suitable advice regarding where improvements can be made. They need to meet the participant on a regular basis during this 8-week period, monitoring their progress and any changes that have occurred. At the end of this 8-week period they will also need to answer a series of questions on the case study.

This blended learning fast track course is REPS (Register of Exercise Professionals) and CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) approved.
Although the following modules carry various REPS and CIMSPA points, attendees can only claim the maximum 10 points per year towards CPD.

The course modules are:
Anatomy and Physiology
Gym Instructor Practical Workshop
Circuit Training
Core Training
Level 3 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
Level 3 Exercise Programming and Coaching
Level 3 Nutrition and Weight Management
Suspension Exercise Training
Functional Equipment Training
Building your Fitness Business
Behaviour Change Coaching
Exercise for Fat Loss
Advanced Resistance Training

Please note, this course should be completed as soon as possible, but no later than 12 months from the course start date. 

Career Opportunities

The additional Level 3 qualifications will enable attendees to work as Personal Trainers, and provides the knowledge and skills to build a fitness business, and also provide advice on fitness and nutrition programmes.

Successful completion of the training will enable attendees to take advantage of the Guaranteed Interview scheme with leading gyms and health clubs throughout the UK.

Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training Module 1

Scheduled dates and locations

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  • 7 Sep 2020 Portsmouth
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  • 30 Nov 2020 Portsmouth
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  • 12 Apr 2021 Portsmouth
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  • 19 Jul 2021 Portsmouth
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