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Physical Activity, Fitness and Exercise Science (Personal Trainer and Injury Management)

A comprehensive fitness diploma, which is the first of its kind. It offers over £8,000 pounds’ worth of technical certificates, ranging from Personal Training to Sports Massage to Entrepreneurism. This course provides registered UCAS accreditation for application to university. Read about how South Downs College was one of the first to run this innovative vocational course.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs A* – C grade, including English, Mathematics and Science

Course Content

Year 1

  • Exercise and Fitness Knowledge (anatomy, physiology, principles of exercise, health and safety, health and well-being)
  • Planning and Instructing Gym (client interview, behaviour change, planning, and instructing)
  • Introduction to Leisure Operations
  • Customer Service
  • Employability (rights, responsibilities, CV writing and interview skills)
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Technology in Sport and Exercise
  • Circuits
  • Kettlebells
  • Exercise to Music


Year 2

  • Exercise and Fitness Knowledge (functional anatomy, physiology, principles, health and safety, and nutrition) – all at Level 3
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Massage
  • Sports Injuries
  • Planning and Instructing Personal Training (client interview, fitness testing, behaviour change, planning, and instructing)
  • Fitness in the Outdoors
  • Management (people management)
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Customer Service
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Project
How will I be taught?

Students will be taught through a range of practical and theory lessons, including independent research and case studies.

You will gain on-site clinical experience as well as external work experience.

How will I be assessed?

A range of 1:1 and group practical assessments will be required from students. A comprehensive portfolio of learning will also be written throughout the year.

Two 1 ½ hour multiple choice exams will be set at the end of each year, set at 100 questions in length. A Pass, Merit and Distinction grade will be awarded appropriately. The number of UCAS points attained will be dependent on these grade outcomes.

Will I need any extra equipment?

Sports clothing will be needed for practical sessions.

What qualifications will I get?

This course can result in a lot of qualifications, including:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing
  • Level 2 Certificate in Exercise to Music
  • Level 2 Certificate in Circuits
  • Level 2 Certificate in Kettlebells
  • Level 2 Certificate in Exercise and Fitness Knowledge
  • Level 2 Certificate in Health and Safety


  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • Level 3 Certificate in Sports Nutrition
  • Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage and injuries
  • Level 3 Certificate in entrepreneurism
  • Level 3 Certificate in Marketing
What will it allow me to do in the future?

This course is a great start for careers as a Gym Instructor, Personal Trainer or Sports Massage Therapist, either for your own business or working for someone else.

Successful students could study a degree course at university, in subjects such as Sports Science, Exercise Science and Sports Development.


Examples of our alumni students’ career progressions:

  • Personal Trainers
  • Sports Massage Therapists
  • College Lecturers
  • University Lecturers.
Course Information

If you are interested to find out more about this relatively new qualification, please visit the Active IQ website.

Further Information

For general enquiries, please call 023 9279 7979 or email college@southdowns.ac.uk


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