Advanced Apprenticeship In Exercise & Fitness Personal Training

This qualification is aimed at 17+ learners who want to pursue a career in the exercise and fitness industry as a qualified Personal Trainer. It also provides learners with direct work experience and on the job training whilst studying within a college setting. Furthermore, this programme provides you with the opportunity to undertake added value qualifications that tie into the main qualification body

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This course offers a specialised route into Personal Training. It is widely accepted that in order to progress into your chosen role within the leisure and fitness industry, Apprenticeships are the best option to demonstrate your skills and competencies.

There are great opportunities for career development within this industry as you can comfortably look to attain a full time position in a recognised gym or to explore becoming a self-employed Personal Trainer, establishing a strong client base.

In addition, you will be taught by professionals that currently work within the Leisure and Fitness Industry who have extensive knowledge of both the practical and theoretical aspects surrounding the enhanced developments in line with sports science and the link towards principles of effective and progressive personal training. 

Employment law, industry specific legislation and procedures that apply to their jobs.

The subsectors that make up the active leisure and learning sector.

The aims, objectives and structure of their organisation and contribution that they make as an employee.

Candidates will undertake a range of mandatory and optional components that include:

 - Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health
 - Evaluate Exercise and Physical Activity Programmes
 - Design, Manage and Adapt Personal Training Programmes
 - Deliver Exercise and Physical Activity Programmes
 - Apply the Principles of Nutrition to Support Clients goals
 - Plan, Market and Sell Service.

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 programmes.

The skills and knowledge required to plan and progress personal training programmes with healthy adults - both individuals and groups. This may include young people in the 14-16 age range, provided they are part of a larger adult group. Client groups covered are older adults, ante/post-natal clients and disabled clients provided the relevant contraindications and key safety guidelines are observed.

As a student of Oldham College you will have full use of all the college facilities; including a fully equipped gym and sports arena. Students will also have access to the facilities of our partnership companies during their training and employment. 

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training

Technical Certificate in Personal Training

Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning

Level 2 Functional Skills – Maths and English (unless already accredited)

Potential Added Value Qualifications such as Nutrition Healthy Living.

The candidate should have progressed from an Intermediate Level 2 Fitness Instruction Qualification or an equivalent qualification.

If you are aged 16-23 the Skills Funding Agency will fund the cost of the training.
If you are aged 24+ an employer contribution would be required.

Progression routes are available from Level 3 Personal Training onto a Higher Level 4 qualification with University Campus Oldham to undertake a Foundation Degree or Sports Science Degree in Physical Activity, Fitness and Exercise Sciences.

Following the completion of both the Level 2 Fitness Instruction and Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training you will be able to pursue full-time employment or follow a self-employed career in Personal Training. It will also provide you with a possibility to specialise in a specific area within your exercise and fitness credibility. 

Study Programme


All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development