NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training

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

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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.

In this Level 3 course, you’ll delve into the key anatomical structures that relate to fitness and exercise, such as the muscular and respiratory systems. 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.

What you'll learn

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

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NCFE is the leader in vocational and technical learning committed to powering a more intelligent education eco-system. We combine over 170 years of experience with deep insight into what is needed and what works.

From world-class qualifications and content to new assessment methodologies, from innovative technology platforms to partnership opportunities with our network of expert collaborators – NCFE galvanises the education sector to shape the most innovative solutions for individual learning needs.  In doing this, we’re working for a fairer education system for all learners to power inclusivity and choice.

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Course Outcome

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.

This qualification is endorsed by CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity), meaning that after completion, you’ll be able to gain entry to their Exercise and Fitness Directory as a practitioner.

How is this course assessed or examined?

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.

Entry requirements

Learners must have achieved a suitable Level 2 Fitness or Gym Instructing qualification before enrolling on this qualification. It is also recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.


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What jobs are there in sport?

If you thought the only job available to those with a sports and fitness-related qualification was as a personal trainer, you’re in for a surprise. While a career in gym instruction is varied and exciting, there are other avenues you can explore too.

If you dream of working with footballers or athletes, you could study sports psychology and learn not only what makes them tick but how to leverage their mentality to improve their physical performance.

Other pathways open to those with a qualification in sport include Sports therapists, choreographers, Health promotion specialists, Nutritionists, Fitness centre managers and Sports development officers.  However, some of these will require further study.

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Why choose one of Oxbridge’s sports and fitness courses?

Job and family ties, location, entry requirements, cost and time; none of these should be the reason you don’t train for your dream role.

We’re firm believers in getting paid to do what you love. That’s why our quality, award-winning course materials are designed to equip you with the expert skills and knowledge to pursue your goals, whatever you’ve set your sights on.

And with unlimited tutor support from experts at every stage of your journey, you’ll be ready to take on anything. Just think of us as your own personal cheerleaders.

Get in touch with our learning advisers for more help and advice on choosing the right course for you.

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The benefits of studying a sports and fitness course online

If time restraints are preventing you from leaping into a new career, home learning may be the key. By opting for an online course, particularly one with us, you’ll experience the same quality of education as traditional schools but from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace.

That means you won’t be held back by other students who don’t pick things up as quickly as you, and if you need more time to study a specific module, then that’s something you have complete control over.

What’s more, you’ll have access to one-to-one tutor support whenever you need it.

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