Diploma in Personal Training and Sports Coaching


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Diploma in Personal Training and Sports Coaching

Why Oxford Learning College


There has been a growing trend of obesity reaching epidemic proportions in the UK. With people of all ages having inactive and unhealthy lifestyles of current times have had effects on health effecting both the young and the old. Diabetes, heart disease and some cancers are related to being overweight. Chances of these aliments affecting an individual are greatly increased if people are obese.

People leading inactive and unhealthy lives have meant that there has been a demand for people to train and coach people into a fitter, healthier lifestyles. This diploma (level 3) is ideal for those who want to train friends and family. It is also ideal for those wishing to become a professional personal trainer or coach. For those interested in becoming a professional personal trainer this course, in addition with a professional certification, will equip with the knowledge needed to become a professional personal trainer.

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.


Syllabus and Module Specification

Module 1: Becoming a personal trainer or sport 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.


Module 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.


Module 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.


Module 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/test 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.


Module 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.


Module 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 and theses are explored and these will be explored in this module. The module will look at the suggestion of carry out resistance training on youngsters.


Module 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.


Module 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.


Module 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.


Module 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 crate 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.

Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 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

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

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


Diploma in Personal Training and Sports Coaching

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

How can I progress

For more information on how to progress after completing this course, please click here

Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

To view the differences between our qualifications, please click HERE

What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

In the student 'On Campus' you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

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Overall rating 5 out of 5 based on 3 student reviews

Hello! I have been very happy to purchasing a Level 3 course as personal trainer and sport coach. All the modules I studied where rich in details and information, I learned a lot and as I partially wrote down all the subjects studied shall have a constant back up information. Many thanks to you all and goodbye.

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Hi i have just finished doing my level 3 diploma in Personal training and Sports coaching, it was a great course learnt a lot. As of have family issues it was hard to study but studying with oxford college really helped me a lot, I passed with 43 out of 50 which is a pass with Distinction. One thing was that i found a lot of mistakes in the online material but nothing so hard that you can't understand, also i was trying to contact other students but no one was replying, but overall 10/10 for oxford college now thanks to them i can continue on to higher education :) If you love sport then do this diploma.

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Thoroughly enjoyed the course, will continue to learn through the Oxford College. The exam was fine.

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