NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training

Our course code: X305

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Working as a personal trainer is immensely rewarding: there’s the opportunity to start your own business, work flexibly, and choose your own clients. Not to mention, you’ll be able to help people live longer, happier lives. This NCFE accredited personal training course is specially designed for people who have already gained a level 2 qualification such as our NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing, and are looking to build on their existing skills and knowledge.

On this level 3 course, you’ll delve into the key anatomical structures that relate to fitness and exercise, such as the muscular and respiratory system. You’ll discover how to motivate your clients to maintain healthy lifestyle changes, discovering how to overcome physical and psychological barriers as a team. You’ll learn how to plan and deliver personal training sessions, as well as conduct health screenings with clients to ensure you’re offering the best and safest advice. Finally, you’ll find out how to set up and market your own personal training business, how to develop your own brand, and conduct market research.

On this level 3 personal training course, you will:

• Become a qualified personal trainer
• Gain a comprehensive insight into physiology and anatomy
• Learn how to work safely and effectively with clients
• Discover how to set up and run your own personal training business.

Please note: You won’t be able to start this course until 01/08/2021. Full details can be found below under Course Duration.

Become a qualified personal trainer, and gain the skills and knowledge to start working with clients!

  • A formal qualification

    This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE
  • Our course code: X305
  • Qualification code: 603/3491/5
  • Official Qualification Title: NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training

NCFE are a national awarding organisation, passionate about designing, developing, and certificating diverse, nationally recognised qualifications and awards.

Study Hours

It should take you around 495 hours to complete this course, which is around an hour and a half or studying per day.

Study Method

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, posters, leaflets, presentations, PowerPoint presentations, video/audio recordings, work-based and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This is a blended learning course, which means some of your study will be done at home, some will be done face to face with your tutor, and all of your practical assessment will take place at our Birmingham-based assessment centre. All information about your course will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.


Course Duration

Please note that you can enrol today, but this course starts on 01/08/21. You will receive your logins to MyOxbridge (our online platform) before this date but won’t be able to access the learning materials until the course officially starts. You will benefit from our unlimited tutor support for a period of one year from your course start date.


As you study, you will submit coursework that will be marked by your tutor. You’ll also be required to attend an assessment day at the end of your course.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, you’ll receive a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training from NCFE. These training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - A suitable Level 2 qualification, such as our NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing.

Credits - 36

Course Content

1: Applied anatomy and physiology for activity, health, and fitness

This unit will give you a comprehensive overview of the effect that exercise has on different bodily systems. You’ll cover anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and kinesiology, which will enable you to confidently plan and deliver exercise programmes for clients.

2: Client motivation and lifestyle management

In unit two, you’ll cover the essential knowledge every personal trainer needs in regards to lifestyle management, as well as how to motivate clients to make and maintain positive long-term changes. You’ll examine the psychological factors that can influence behaviour change, and learn effective intervention strategies that can increase your client’s chances of success.

3: Programming personal training sessions

Next, you’ll discover how to design, manage, and adapt a personal training programme with adults of all ages. You’ll examine the importance of health screening to identify risks and contraindications, and learn when to signpost clients to other professionals. Moving on, you’ll find out how to tailor exercise programmes to a client’s specific needs, including how to work with clients with low-risk health conditions.

4: Delivering personal training sessions

This unit will cover all the skills a personal trainer needs to effectively deliver exercise programmes. You’ll discover how to always behave in a professional and appropriate manner, and how to communicate effectively with your clients to make sure they’re fully on board with their exercise plan. You’ll study appropriate teaching methods incorporating a range of techniques, such as cardiovascular and resistance training, as well as how to effectively evaluate your training sessions after they’re over.

5: Nutrition to support a physical activity programme

The right diet is key to achieving physical fitness. As a personal trainer, you’ll need to be fully aware of current healthy eating guidelines, and understand how to properly communicate this information to your clients. In this unit, you’ll delve into this topic in detail, discovering the effect of nutrition on health, and how diet advice will vary depending on a client’s personal goals.

6: Business acumen for personal trainers

Now you’ve got the knowledge and the skills, how about setting up your own business? In the final unit, you’ll delve into marketing strategies and techniques, gain a thorough understanding of current legislation and organisational procedures, and study elements of financial planning such as KPIs and balance sheets. You’ll also discover strategies that will enable you to manage and grow your business, along with the technological products that can support you along the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

In addition to your course fee, you will need to pay £250 for each assessment day you attend. How many days you need to attend will be dependent on how you progress on the course, students normally need between 1-3 assessment dates.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

There’s no exam, but you will need to attend an assessment day at the end of the course.

The theory aspect of the course, which takes the majority of the study hours can be completed from anywhere in world. However, you will need to be able to attend our practical assessment day based in Birmingham, UK to complete your qualification.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!