Course at a glance


Students will be initially introduced to the role of a personal trainer/ coach in the first unit. Then will be introduced to the anatomy and physiology of the body to understand how the body responds to exercise. In later units the course will cover nutrition and specialised groups that as a trainer you may come across like the young and participants and older people. This will also be complimented with a unit on how to develop a business.

Included within the course will be a range of Independent Study Activities and case studies designed to encourage students to develop their knowledge and underpin understanding of the subject.

The guidelines and protocols mentioned in this course are UK based.

Personal Training and Sports Coaching Short Course Diploma Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above to enter into our Personal Training and Sports Coaching Short Course Diploma (Level 3).

Short Course Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

200 hours in total. Or 20 hours per week over 10 weeks.


Written assessment at the end of each unit of study.


Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.

Level 3 Personal Training + Sports Coaching Short Course Content

Unit 1: Becoming a Personal Trainer or Sports Coach

In this unit students will look at the role of a personal trainer or coach. It also talks about professionalism in this role including the importance of getting certified and obtaining insurance, which is an important aspect for those who wish to become fully fledged personal trainers. This unit also has activities embedded to help you evaluate your performance as a personal trainer like evaluating your communication skills. This unit also takes you through valid information on how to start work as a personal trainer.

Unit 2: Knowing About Anatomy and Physiology.

As a personal trainer it is important to know how the body responds to so that you can effectively train your clients to reach their fitness goals whether it would be losing weight or strength training. In this module students will learn about structures and the functions of joints, muscles and tendons that make up the human body. Muscles that support the lumbar spine commonly known as core stability will also be explored. This module will look at the effects of exercise on the heart, the circulatory and the respiratory system and the effects of smoking on the respiratory system.

Unit 3: Knowing About Nutrition.

As a personal trainer it is important to advise people on what to eat in order for clients to reach their fitness goals. This module takes you though the digestive system and will look at how the body processes food. This module will also look at the problems associated with the digestive system. In this part of the module the course guide will take the learner through information about nutrition and the importance of including carbohydrates, proteins and fats in. This module will also look at the relevance of the diet and nutrition journals.

Unit 4: Knowing About Exercise.

This part of the module will go through the important information that is needed from a client before they start exercise. The consultation is an important aspect of personal training not only does this help to get to know clients, but it will also build an exercise programme that is based on their current fitness levels, their goals and also their likes and dislikes. A personal trainer would need to gather personal information about their clients before they start exercise including information regarding their medical fitness. As a personal trainer you have to ensure that your clients are medically fit to exercise. The learner will go through what happens before an initial consultation. The learner will look at the importance of completing fitness assessments and medical screening. Fitness assessments/tests are completed during this important stage of meeting clients. This unit takes you through how to carry out measurements like blood pressure, heart rate and body composition. There is further information about body composition assessments and how to carry out cardiovascular testing and flexibility testing.

Unit 5: Knowing About Exercise.

Once you know your client, you will look at how to train your client. This part of the course looks at the basis of planning an exercise programme to help you achieve this. This module will look at ways to train your client looking at the advantages of doing exercise in different locations and different types of training. Aerobic training is commonly an important part of an exercise programme and this part of the diploma will take the learner though the different ways of improving cardiovascular fitness. Training zones are good way of making sure that your client is working at the right level for their fitness and for their exercise goals. This module will look at heart rate training zone to help you and your client working at the right exercise intensity. This module will also look at exercise frequency for clients to follow depending on their fitness. Resistance training is another important component of an exercise programme. This will look at the advantages of resistance training and the advantages and disadvantages of free weights and machine weights. This module explores the importance of pushing you client to the next level and amending workouts. This part of the module also has handy running long distance information.

Unit 6: Training Groups with Particular Requirements.

There are many things to consider when training young people or coaching a group of young people. There are many differences when training young people – theses are explored and explained in this module. The module will look at the suggestion of carry out resistance training on youngsters.

Unit 7: Training for Different Events.

Module six helps you to prepare for working with different clients who have particular requirements namely women and older adults. This module goes into depth in regards to how women may experience the female triad and the learner will explore the different signs and symptoms of this. Exercise is also beneficial for women who are pregnant . In this part of the course the leaner will learn how to exercise this client group with sample exercise programmes. Exercise for older people is also beneficial in this model we will look at the benefits of strength training. This module also provides suggestion of aerobic exercise that you could give an older client.

Unit 8: Advising About Weight Management.

Many people want advice on weight loss. This looks at strategies for weight loss and to look at the different type of diets that people may go on so that you can 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 are also examined in detail.

Unit 9: Advising About Fluid Management.

This talks about what happens when we are dehydrated and the importance of being hydrated before, during and after exercise. This module will also look at the function of water as well as sports drinks. This module will look at alcohol consumption and how to drink alcohol sensibility.

Unit 10: Building and Maintaining a Successful Personal Training Business.

This last module will look at creating a business and marketing plan to develop your personal training business. This part of the module will look at important legal aspects including insurance cover for your clients and accident reporting forms. This part of the module will also give you information about how to create an image of your personal training business. This module will also look at the business in more detail including charging clients, producing invoices and paying taxes. This module will also look at how you can retain clients. The learner will also look at developing a personal training business and employing staff for your business.

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Progression from Personal Training and Sports Coaching Short Course Diploma

Once you have completed the Level 3 Diploma, you can progress onto a Level 4 Diploma.

Further information on our Level 4 Diplomas can be found here: