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Fitness Foundation Diploma Level 3

This course gives you the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin study of the fitness sector, and giving you additional breadth and depth to prepare fully for further study, training or work in the industry.
This course includes the opportunity to study a wide range of topics in Fitness.

Mandatory units:
• Careers in Sport and Active Leisure Industry (Fitness)
• Health, Wellbeing and Sport (Fitness)
• Fitness Skills Development (Students will Complete the Gym Instructing Qualification in this Unit)
• Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity (Fitness)

Optional Units covered are:
• Nutrition for Physical Performance
• Fitness Testing

This qualification is equivalent in size to 1.5 A levels, and it has been designed as a one year full time study programme and can be used to progress to the Extended Diploma in the second-year of a study. In the 2nd year of the study programme, students will complete the qualification required to be a Personal Trainer within the course programme. In addition, in year 2 there will be opportunities to study ‘bolt on’ courses e.g. Exercise to Music; Kettlebells; Spin Cycling; Circuit Training in preparation for leading classes.

Course Info

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

Entry Requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English & maths. An interest in the Fitness Industry will be assessed at interview. In addition a positive school reference with good levels of attendance and punctuality will also be required.

Delivery and Assessment

The units studied are internally assessed by a range of methods including coursework, work books, projects, research tasks, practical tasks and presentations etc.


On completion of this qualification successfully in year one, may apply to progress to continuing onto the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport in their second year. This qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting, or contributing to, admission requirements for many relevant. Students will be offered accreditation to REPS (student affiliation) which will allow them to gain employment in the Fitness Industry e.g. Gym Instructor, Personal Trainer etc.