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Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instruction and Personal Training


This course is a blended learning course which allows students the flexibility to study theory elements online at a time convenient to them using comprehensive E-resources. There will be ten days of face-to-face workshops covering the practical components.

Dates and Times

All sessions run from 9am-5pm.

The examination date will be an additional day for each course and once agreed you will be notified by email.

The course will run across the following dates:

  • Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th February 2020
  • Saturday 29th February  - Sunday 1st March 2020
  • Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th March 2020
  • Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th April 2020
  • Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th April 2020


The full cost is £1,690. The deposit cost is £150. 


Whilst enrolled on the Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training course you will develop your knowledge and skills needed to plan and instruct gym-based exercise programmes for adults. You will also learn how to effectively support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity, through the following modular components:

  • E-Learning
    • Anatomy and physiology for exercise
    • Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health
    • Principles of exercise, fitness and health
    • Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme
    • Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
    • Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme 

You will be given access to the E-learning resources before your taught sessions so you can study these before the practical sessions which will take place on our campus in Twickenham.

  • Taught Sessions
    • Exercise and physical activity client support
    • Gym-based exercise planning
    • Gym-based exercise instructing
    • Programming personal training with clients
    • Delivering personal training sessions

These sessions are delivered over ten days on our campus in Twickenham. You will also revise the topics you learnt via the E-learning resources.

The course is assessed via...

  • Practical exam
  • Theory examinations
  • Portfolio of evidence

This course has elements of E-learning combined with taught sessions. We understand that our student's learning styles and needs are different and offer E-learning to allow greater flexibility.  Upon enrolment, and a minimum of 4 weeks before the taught sessions, students are given access to our interactive online course materials.  This will allow students to study at a time and a pace to suit them.  


This is an entry level qualification for anyone without formal qualifications who wish to enter the fitness industry.  This qualification is designed for those 18-years-old and over. Whilst candidates younger than 18 are not barred, it is likely they will experience difficulty in obtaining the personal liability insurance cover needed to work in this area. The Level 3 diploma is intensive, and therefore requires home-based study on theoretical aspects.

We recommend that our students have experience of gym-based exercises, including free weights.  This course is physical and requires students to participate therefore a degree of physical fitness is required.

It is advisable that you have a current  First Aid Certificate. Candidates must also have good health, since the course involves a practical component. A sporting background is advantageous as well.


Upon successful completion of all units set by the external body, Active IQ, you will be awarded the Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training (QCF).