Sport: Gym Instructing and Personal Training Level 3 Part-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

The course will start on 27 September 2022, and will run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6pm - 9pm. The course will be completed in 23 weeks.

Entry requirements

  • Some experience of gym-based exercises, including free weights, is highly recommended.
  • The course requires physical exertion, and individual participation is essential; therefore, a degree of physical fitness is necessary.
  • Learners are expected to instruct others and produce a written portfolio, therefore, you should have good communication skills pitched at level 2


You will achieve

Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training

Course overview

If you are keen on health and fitness and you would enjoy working with a variety of different people, this job could be ideal for you. Personal trainers help their clients achieve their personal health and fitness goals. This qualification will allow you to immediately apply for work or set up on your own as a personal trainer.

Course content

The course will be delivered through both theoretical and practical workshops. A variety of flexible delivery strategies will be used to accommodate individual learning styles. You are also required to study at home. Barnsley College offers this highly popular and comprehensive course, ideal for those wishing to pursue a career in the health and fitness sector. The qualification will also provide some initial guidance should you wish to become self-employed and look to run your own fitness training business.

You will study the following units:

  • Principles of anatomy, physiology and fitness (level 2)
  • Professionalism and customer care for fitness instructors (level 2)
  • Health and safety in the fitness environment (level 2)
  • Conducting client consultations to support positive behaviour change (level 2)
  • Planning and instructing gym-based exercise (level 2)
  • Applied anatomy and physiology for exercise, health and fitness (level 3)
  • The principles of nutrition and their application to exercise and health (level 3)
  • Understanding lifestyle, health, wellbeing and common medical conditions (level 3)
  • Encouraging positive health and fitness behaviours in clients (level 3)
  • Programme design and delivery for personal training (level 3)
  • Professionalism and business acumen for personal trainers (level 3)

The course will be predominantly delivered through face-to-face practical and theoretical workshops, however, a significant amount of learning is home study. It is advantageous that you have access to a gym where you can practice your learning. This is a highly desired professional qualification and you will be expected to adhere to industry standards. The course assesses both theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding through observations, assignments, case studies and theoretical exams.

As a student within the Department of Sport and Public Services you will be expected to wear appropriate sports/fitness clothing at all times. Jeans and non-regulation tops are not allowed. You will also require all necessary writing materials and paper/stationery.

Honeywell Sports Campus
Honeywell Lane
S75 1BP

How much does the course cost?

Course Fees: £1,900.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



If the course is listed as full fee payable, you will have to pay for the course.

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Sport: Gym Instructing and Personal Training Level 3 Part-time

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