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Exercise & Fitness Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

The Advanced Fitness Apprenticeship is ideal if you already work in the health and fitness industry and wish to continue your professional development to become a qualified personal trainer with industry experience. If you are looking to enter the sector in a supervisory or managerial role, this course could be for you. You will experience paid employment within the fitness industry as a personal trainer, earning a salary and gaining valuable experience in the workplace whilst learning and gaining commercially recognised qualifications.  You will also be able to build a client base and reputation within their employment.

Entry requirements

You will need at least a Grade C at GSCE in Maths and English as well as a Level 2 Fitness Instructor. 

Course content

The Apprenticeship will focus on preparing you for employment within the fitness industry.  You will learn about Anatomy and Physiology, Health and Safety and designing exercise programmes, while gaining experience working in a leisure environment.

You will study to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training
  • Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning
  • Level 2 Functional Skills (English and Maths).

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a range of methods including, observations, written assignments, professional discussions, question and answer, and multiple choice exams.


Personal Training Level 3 Certificate


  • Personal Training Level 3 NVQ Diploma
  • Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning
  • Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT (if required)
Further study and career options

You will be able to progress on to a Higher Level Apprenticeship or foundation degree, or go straight into employment as a personal trainer.

Additional information

You will be at your work placement four out of the five days per week.

Course information & how to book

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291000.

Start DateFeesLocationCourse Code
Flexible Free if 16-18yrs. If 19 or over please ring 01234 291000. Cauldwell Street H1625

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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