Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training

The Active IQ Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training is recognised as a Level Three qualification under the national framework. This course is the minimum requirement to operate as a self-employed personal trainer and will allow anyone holding this qualification the access to purchase public liability insurance and begin running a personal training business.


None – this qualification is aimed at learners with a keen interest in health and fitness.

Delegates must be at least 16 years old.

Course Content

Delivered over 11 compulsory units, learners will cover:

1. Principles of anatomy, physiology and fitness;
2. Professionalism and customer care for fitness instructors;
3. Health and safety in the fitness environment;
4. Conducting client consultations to support positive behaviour change;
5. Planning and instructing gym-based exercise;
6. Applied anatomy and physiology for exercise, health and fitness;
7. The principles of nutrition and their application to exercise and health;
8. Lifestyle, health, wellbeing and common medical conditions;
9. Encouraging positive health and fitness behaviours in clients;
10. Programme design and delivery for personal training;
11. Professionalism and business acumen for personal trainers.

  • Multiple-choice theory assessments (x3);
  • On-course and end-of-course practical assessments;
  • Learner assessment records (worksheets);
  • Learner Achievement Portfolios (LAP) (x2);
  • Attendance for course content.
Delivery Methods
  • Full time: Monday-Friday (9-5)
  • Online/Blended Learning: Online theory study with practical study and assessments at the University of Bath (Saturdays and Sundays 9am-5pm)
Progression Routes

Become part of Team Bath Alumni to have the opportunity to register for further Continual Professional Development seminars at reduced rates.

Anyone holding a Level 3 PT course qualification can progress onto many other different courses, such as Level 4 Strength & Conditioning, GP Exercise Referral, Level 4 Obesity & Diabetes, Level 4 Pre- and Post-Natal and Sports Massage – most of which are offered with us here at Team Bath. Wider career options can be discussed with your tutor once the course is completed.

Exceptional facilities, elite practitioners

As with all the qualifications we offer, the Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training is delivered at the University of Bath in the world-leading sports environment of the Sports Training Village. We believe that this is a fantastic place to learn from our elite practitioners and specialist Team Bath staff in an exceptional gym and elite training centre.

Course cost

The Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training costs £2400

Before booking, please read our course terms and conditions.


Options Dates

Blended Learning 

(Saturday and Sunday, 9am-5pm)


Option 1 – starting September 2020

Option 2 – starting February 2021

Full time

(Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)

August 24 to September 25, 2020

How to book

You can sign up for the Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training by booking online – click here.  To secure your place on the course please pay a minimum deposit of £200 online via the Team Bath Store deposit link pageclick here.

Email training-development@bath.ac.uk should you require further information.

There are several payment options available. Please click here to read our payments and funding options.

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