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Active IQ Physical Activity, Fitness & Exercise Science Diploma Level 3

Year 2 learners will study subject areas such as planning and instructing personal training, nutrition, technology in sport and exercise, entrepreneurship and marketing.
– Applied human biology for exercise and fitness
– Principles of exercise and nutrition
– Conducting consultations with personal training
– Programme design and delivery for personal training
– Developing exceptional customer care skills
– Enterprise and entrepreneurship
– Marketing products and services
– Technology in sport
– Plus additional optional health and fitness units

Employer engagement
Learners will need to have access to meaningful employer engagement which can be met via work placement

Course Info

Level 3 - Advanced
Subject Area
Sport & Exercise Sciences
Course Type
16-19 Full-Time
James Watt College
Next Start Date
Course Length
35 weeks

Entry Requirements

Learners must be 16+ years old and have four GCSE’s Grade C or above, including Maths or English. The course requires physical exertion and individual participation is essential, therefore a degree of physical fitness is necessary. Leaners must also have completed year 1 at Level 2 to gain entry to year 2 Level 3.

Delivery and Assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of practical and theory assessments, as well as course work. A portfolio of evidence will be gathered over the duration of the programme to ensure a sound knowledge and competency is gained will be gathered over the duration of the programme to ensure a sound knowledge and competency is gained.


On completion of the level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral, you have the opportunity to progress into employment, or onto the following qualifications: - Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Exercise for the Management of Lower Back Pain - Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Exercise and Nutritional Interventions for Obesity and Diabetes - Sports Massage - Continue into Higher Education, Foundation Degree or HND Students can progress to other fitness instructing qualifications such as GP Referrals and Pre and Post Natal Training.

Career Opportunities

  • Sports Coaches
  • Sports Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Personal Trainers
  • Fitness Instructors
  • Gym Managers
  • PE Teachers