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Sport, Fitness and Personal Training: Level 3 BTEC Diploma

Course information

Course Summary

The full time Diploma in Sport, Fitness and Personal Training course at Nescot is a two year course aimed at students with an interest in the application of personal training, coaching and health and fitness. The qualification is endorsed by CIMPSA. Students are accredited with a level 2 gym instructors qualification after year one and a level 3 personal training qualification after year two. Our course offers students the chance to learn how to apply practical knowledge to a gym environment and work within the health and fitness industry.

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Course Code:N1047
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 3
Awarded by:Pearson
Course Length

2 years full time. 

Usually 2-3 days per week, 10.5- 13.5 hours per week

Course Detail

Students will undertake a combination of health, fitness and personal training related units including skills development, health and wellbeing, self-employment as well as business skills. Learning will take place through lectures, group work, debates, group discussions and practical gym based environment sessions.

The units are selected from the list below and staff aim to ensure they maximise students’ chances of either gaining employment in the health and fitness industry in the future or progressing to University level qualifications to typically study a Higher National Diploma in sports and exercise science or other related sporting degrees. Recent students from the sports department have achieved a Higher National Diploma at Nescot and continued onto Portsmouth, Bournemouth, St Mary’s and Bath University amongst others.

To prepare students for employment we visit two market leaders within the health and fitness industry to take part in interview days. These David Lloyd and PureGym taster days not only prepare students ready for interviews, they are also a fantastic way to network and make their faces known to local gym managers.

The course contains a mixture of theoretical lessons in classrooms and practical sessions in the sports hall, fitness centre and MUGA.

The course is made up of 7 units from the following:

  • Fitness Skills Development
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Careers in the Sport Industry
  • Personal Trainer Skills Development
  • Nutrition
  • Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Business and Technology in Personal Training

Work Experience is a part of this course, the hours and dates will be determined by the course tutor. Work experience is timetabled one day a week throughout the year. You are encouraged to source your own placement with support from the WEX Team and your course tutor. Where external placements are not possible you will be expected to take part in simulated work experience organised by the college.

Course Fees

Fees for 2022/23: £2,270

Please note:

  • Fees are for 2022/23 and relate to home and EU students
  • Students aged 16 to 18, or those aged 16 to 24 who have a valid EHCP, and are studying Further Education courses are not normally charged for course fees
  • For more information about financial support, please click here.

You will be provided with all the basic resources and materials needed for your programme. Some additional fees are required to cover the cost of trips made to outdoor activity centres and activities required to take place to gain criteria to pass this course.

You will have to pay for the following:
• Skern Lodge Outdoor Activity Centre – residential trip - £270
• Sports department polo shirt- £10
• Books - approximately £30

Entry Requirements

New Students

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English or Maths.

Progressing Students

A level 2 Extended Certificate in Sport at Merit and a good reference from your current tutor for attitude, behaviour, attendance and punctuality.

Your Next Steps

Various roles in the health and fitness industry, such as a gym instructor, personal trainer, leisure attendant or sports coach.

Progression to Higher Education to study a Higher National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science at NESCOT or other related university degrees.

Potential career routes in the Sports industry:

  • Children’s play worker
  • Fitness instructor
  • Leisure attendant / Duty Manager
  • Lifeguard
  • Outdoor activities instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • Sports coach
  • Sports players
  • Teaching
  • Youth worker
Other Information


This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2022. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.

All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road.

Last Updated: 02/11/2021