Personal Training - Level 3

Introduction to this course

This exciting study programme is for students who want to work as Personal Trainers. It will help you develop a sound underpinning knowledge and understanding of gym instructing so you can grow into an outstanding practitioner. This is a nationally-recognised qualification within the fitness industry, allowing you to progress into the work place as part of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

How to Apply?

You can find out more about applying here

Entry Requirements

You need at least four GCSEs grade A*-C, including English and maths and Level 2 Instructing Exercise & Fitness or an equivalent qualification. A placement or current job within a fitness-based setting is desirable.

Duration of this Course

This is a one year course. If you are currently working in a gym, you may be able to fast-track or infill on to this course. Please contact Yeovil College for more information on 01935 423921.

Career Prospects

This study programme is for people who want to develop a career in a fitness centre, professional sports club or other related establishment. It is also suitable for people who would like to become independent, self-employed personal trainers.

If you would like to develop your skills further, you may like to apply for the FdA Sports Coaching & Fitness available at the Yeovil College University Centre.

How will I be Assessed?

Your competency will be assessed through practical demonstration, a portfolio of evidence and two written examinations.

Course content/units

You need to complete nine compulsory units to gain this qualification:

  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • Promote health, safety and welfare in active leisure and recreation
  • Motivate clients to maintain long term adherence to exercise and physical activity
  • Reflect on and develop own practice in providing exercise and physical activity
  • Evaluate exercise and physical activity programmes
  • Design, manage and adapt a personal training programme with clients
  • Deliver exercise and physical activity as part of a personal training programme
  • Apply the principles of nutrition to support client goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme

  • Expenses for this course

    You will need an official sports kit, including Yeovil College t-shirt and shorts.

    To purchase your college kit please visit

    There is an expectation that all learners will wear their kit when representing the college in fixtures (home and away) and when taking part in physical activity sessions (as a participant, official or coach). Second year learners do not need to purchase new kit.