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Accredited Level 3 Personal Training / Sports Coaching Diploma


There has been a growing trend of obesity reaching epidemic proportions in the UK and globally. With people of all ages having inactive lives, access to over-eating especially of bad and unhealthy food creating lifestyles effecting health of both the young and the old. There is a need for intervention and ways to reduce or control weight and diet such as through the use of a Coach or Personal Trainer. Diabetes, heart disease and some cancers are related to being overweight. Chances of these aliments affecting an individual are greatly increased if people are obese. An increase of people leading inactive and unhealthy lives have meant that there has been a demand for people to train and coach people into a fitter and healthier lifestyles.

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Accredited Level 3 Personal Training / Sports Coaching Diploma Entry Requirement

Entry to this Accredited Level 3 Personal Training / Sports Coaching Diploma requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills.

Advice on enrolment and guidance of prior learning (APL) can be obtained through out contact centre. The course is a rolling programme and can be started at any point in the year. Successful students can go on to Higher Education, including remaining as students at OLC to complete courses in our portfolio of higher awards.

All students must be aged 16 or over.


The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations.

Study Hours

Approximately: 200 hours of personal study time for the entire course is recommended. All of which is supported by the OLC Course Tutor, who we greatly encourage students to access support from throughout their course.

Quality Assurance

This course has been developed by the College’s professional team of tutors to meet the needs of sector based employers and employees. It is also part of the College’s validated level three Diplomas’, recognised internationally, as verified and moderated Centre for Interactive Education (CIE Global). Further details of our accreditations are provided on our website.

Accredited Level 3 Personal Training / Sports Coaching Diploma Course Length

1 Year.

Awarding Body

CIE Global

Accredited Level 3 Personal Training / Sports Coaching Diploma Course Content

Accredited Level 3 Personal Training / Sports Coaching Diploma Module 1: Becoming a Personal Trainer or Sports Coach

The first unit will look at the role of a personal trainer or coach. Professionalism in this role including the importance of getting certified and obtaining insurance is discussed as it is an important aspect to becoming a fully fledged personal trainer. Activities are embedded into the course to evaluate performance as a personal trainer like assessing communication skills. Working on a self-employed basis is difficult so information on how to start work as a personal trainer is given.

Accredited Level 3 Personal Training / Sports Coaching Diploma Module 2: Knowing about Anatomy and Physiology

As a personal trainer it is important to know how the body responds to various exercise so no harm is done. How to support clients to effectively train to reach their fitness goals whether it would be in losing weight or strength training is explored. Structures and the functions of joints, muscles and tendons that make up the human body is shared. Muscles that support the lumbar spine commonly known as core stability will also be examined so that the clients exercise healthily. The effects of exercise on the heart, the circulatory and the respiratory system and the effects of smoking on the respiratory system is covered so that clients are kept safe, know about possible harm and risks and are taught the best forms of exercise.

Accredited Level 3 Personal Training / Sports Coaching Diploma Module 3: Knowing about Nutrition

A personal trainer must advise people on what to eat in order to reach their fitness goals. This third module explores the digestive system to show how the body processes food and problems associated with the digestive system are covered. Information about nutrition and the importance of including the right amounts of carbohydrates, proteins and fats in the diet is discussed. Research and staying on top of issues related to the subject of diet and personal training is important so the relevance of diet and nutrition journals are addressed.

Accredited Level 3 Personal Training / Sports Coaching Diploma Module 4: Knowing about Exercise – Part I

Consultation is an important aspect of personal training in helping to get to know clients and to build an exercise programme that is based on their current fitness levels, goals and also on their likes and dislikes. A personal trainer would need to gather personal information about their clients to ensure the clients are medically fit to exercise. The learner will go through what happens before an initial consultation and the importance of completing fitness assessments/tests and medical screening. How to carry out measurements like blood pressure, heart rate and body composition are covered. There is further information given about body composition assessments and how to carry out cardiovascular testing and flexibility testing.

Accredited Level 3 Personal Training / Sports Coaching Diploma Module 5: Knowing about Exercise – Part II

Once the client is assessed and ready to proceed, how to train the client is covered by looking at the basis of planning an exercise programme. This module will look at ways to train a client by looking at the advantages of doing exercise in different locations and various types of training such as aerobic training and the different ways of improving cardiovascular fitness. Training zones are a good way of making sure that the client is working at the right level for their fitness and for their exercise goals. This module will look at heart rate training zones to help clients work at the right exercise intensity. Exercise frequency for clients to follow depending on their fitness and resistance training as an important component of an exercise programme are discussed. The advantages of resistance training, long distance running and the advantages and disadvantages of free weights and machine weights is covered. The importance of pushing clients to the next level and amending workouts to suit their needs is explored.

Accredited Level 3 Personal Training / Sports Coaching Diploma Module 6: Training Groups with Particular Requirements

There are many things to consider when training client groups with specific needs, ages or e.g. a disability or coaching a group of young people. There are many differences when training particular groups such as young people and these are explored. The module will look at suggestions to use with particular groups, e.g carrying out resistance training on youngsters.

Accredited Level 3 Personal Training / Sports Coaching Diploma Module 7: Training for Different Events

Module six helps to prepare for working with different client groups who have particular requirements namely young people, women and older adults. This module goes into depth in regards to how women may experience the female triad in order to explore the different signs and symptoms of this. Exercise is also beneficial for women who are pregnant, so sample exercise programmes are shared. Similarly, exercise for older people is also beneficial so the benefits of strength training and aerobic exercise that could be given to an older client is provided.

Accredited Level 3 Personal Training / Sports Coaching Diploma Module 8: Advising about Weight Management

A popular piece of advice required is on weight loss. Strategies for weight loss and different type of diets that people may go on are assessed in order to advise appropriately as a personal trainer and give informed knowledge on exactly what these diets are doing to the body. Food and fitness diaries will be looked at in this module as well as weight gain tips, disordered eating and the issues surrounding obesity.

Module 9: Advising about Fluid Management

Dehydration can be harmful resulting in severe headaches, exhaustion and even death such as in long distance and intensive sports so the importance of being hydrated before, during and after exercise is addressed. This module will also look at the function of water as well as sports drinks. Alcohol consumption and how to drink alcohol sensibly is addressed as it affects hydration, weight and performance.

Accredited Level 3 Personal Training / Sports Coaching Diploma Module 10: Building and Maintaining a Successful Personal Training Business

This last module will look at creating a business, manage legislative needs and marketing plan to develop the personal training business. The legal aspects including insurance cover and accident reporting forms are discussed. Information about how to create a professional image of the personal training business as well as the daily running details including charging clients, producing invoices and paying taxes is given. Finally how to retain clients, develop a personal training business and employ any necessary staff for the business is discussed.


This Accredited Level 3 Personal Training / Sports Coaching Diploma can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.

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