Level 3 National Foundation Diploma / Extended Diploma in Sport, Fitness & Personal Training


This is a two year programme. In the first year you will complete the National Foundation Diploma and gain the Fitness Instructor qualification. In the second year you will complete the Extended Diploma alongside the qualification for Personal Trainer. This qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies which ensures that it is appropriate and consistent with current industry practice to enable learners to enter direct employment in the health and fitness sector. It also allows for progression to higher education study. The qualification provides the knowledge and develops the skills and application required for professional accreditation with the Chartered Institute of Management for Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) fitness standards.

Course Content - What will I learn?

You will study units such as:

  • Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
  • Health, Wellbeing and Sport
  • Fitness Skills Development
  • Nutrition

Am I right for the course?

This course may be right for you if you have a desire to work in the fitness industry as a fitness instructor, personal trainer or fitness coach. It also provides a stepping stone for those who wish to become strength and conditioning coaches. An interest in training and fitness, working with others, along with an outgoing personality are useful for those applying for this course.

Four GCSEs at Grade 4 / C or above and must include English and Maths.

The course is 100% internally assessed through written assignments, presentations, videos, case studies and projects. This course is highly practical and progression focused and it allows for practical and professional skills development.

The sports department at Oaklands College boasts an experienced, dedicated and knowledgeable team. All tutors delivering on the programme have extensive subject knowledge in sports coaching & sport & exercise sciences. Many tutors have competed or still compete in a variety of sports at a high level .

What Next?

This qualification is designed to support direct entry to employment in the fitness industry as a fitness instructor at gyms and health clubs and as a personal trainer either at a gym, health club or self-employed. It also supports further study at University. This course, based on it’s practical elements, will give you an advantage in applying for Higher Apprenticeships in areas such as sport and fitness training.

Our Sports courses will help you get to the ceiling of your ability and this could be Regional, National or even International level competition. You could also progress to University or into direct employment.

Potential careers:

  • Sports Professional
  • Sports Therapist
  • Sport and Exercise Scientist
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Sports Coach, Physiotherapist
  • Leisure Centre Manager
  • Leisure Centre Assistant
  • Outdoor Activities Instructor
  • Health and Fitness Instructor
  • Pool/Beach Lifeguard
  • Personal Trainer
  • Gym Instructor

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

In need of more advice?

Contact our Admissions team to find out more about student fees and how they might apply to you.

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has to offer at Oaklands College

Studying at Oaklands is about finding out what you enjoy learning, with a huge range of courses including A Levels, BTECs and Apprenticeships our students are given a the opportunity to make their own academic choices, and thrive in a subject they enjoy.

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