Level Three BTEC National Foundation / Extended Diploma in Sport, Fitness and Personal Training

The new Level 3 BTEC Sport programmes are designed with clear career goals in mind and has been developed with a range of professional bodies including CIMSPA – the Chartered Institute for Management in Sport and Physical Activity and The Register of Exercise Professionals (REP).

Accreditation by CIMSPA is important: once you have completed your BTEC qualification, you can apply to become a CIMSPA member – and this is really helpful when applying for jobs in the fitness and coaching industry since it gives professional credibility.

Now, more than ever, health and fitness are important in our daily lives.  There are over 7000 gyms in the UK with more than 10 million members providing employment opportunities to people with industry-recognised qualifications. 

This qualification has been developed in consultation with both employers and higher education institutions and provides the knowledge and skills development required for professional accreditation with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) and the Chartered Institute of Management for Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) Gym Instructor standards.  

This qualification also offers you the opportunity to progress to higher education, including our own Foundation Degree and BSc Top Up, validated by Hull University.

The Fitness pathway is predominantly based our Bridlington Campus, utilising our gym, pitches and MUGA.

You will gain experience of working with groups and individual clients to develop training sessions which help them meet their training or health goals. You will learn how to give nutritional advice and guidance to clients together with developing business and technology knowledge required to set up and manage your own personal training business.

What will I study?

  • Careers in the sports and active leisure industry
  • Health, wellbeing and sport
  • Fitness skills development
  • Personal trainer skills development
  • Research project in sport (Pearson-set)
  • Self-employment in sport and physical activity 
  • Nutrition for physical performance
  • Business and technology in personal training

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is a combination of externally and internally-set assessments, practical tasks and presentations. 

How will the course be delivered?

This practical course is classroom or gym-based, with some outdoor, off-site and online delivery.  We may utilise both campuses as part of your course.  You will be expected to use our on-line resources and encouraged to utilised wider online industry-related platforms (eg  FA-learning resources) to further support and develop your knowledge and skills away from the classroom.


Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs grade 4 9/ A*-C/ including Maths and English
  • Or level two diploma (merit)
  • Or first diploma (merit)
  • Successful interview demonstrating motivation and commitment to the course

Interviews for full time courses starting in September are postponed, but don't worry - applicants will instead be given a formal offer of a place on a suitable course. Other entry requirements still apply.

Where you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course you will be accepted.

Where you do not meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, we guarantee you a place on a suitable alternative. See How to Apply for further details.

What next?

You could go on to employment in the sport and leisure industry obtain a sports apprenticeship or progress onto a higher education course. If you decide to go onto higher education you could take a degree in subjects such as sports studies, leisure management, sports coaching and teacher training or our Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and BSc (Hons) Sports, Coaching and Health Sciences (Top-up).

Additional information

All study programmes contain English and maths elements.

You will undertake vocationally relevant work experience as part of these engaging programmes.

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

Higher Education Apprenticeship Guide Full-time Course Guide Free Distance Learning Courses Autumn Part-time Course Guide 2022