If you have ever thought about being a Fitness Instructor or a Personal Trainer then why not take a Sport course at Nacro? You will learn all about the physical side of these jobs, such as how the body works and how injuries happen.
We will also show you what it means to be your own boss, so you’ve got the confidence to start your own business or apply for a job in a gym.

Funding and bursaries

Students under 19 will not have to pay fees providing you are legally in the UK. You may be able to access Bursary funding to help you with travel and meals depending on your personal circumstances.

Students aged over 19 may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. This will be discussed at enrolment.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements but an interest in sports and fitness.

What will I learn?

The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners with an understanding of the active leisure sector and to explain the links between activity and better health, demonstrating the opportunities within daily life to become more active. Learners are provided with the opportunity to experience working in the active leisure sector and developing their employability skills, which is critical to aiding their chances of gaining and sustaining employment in the short, medium and long term. Learners are also provided with the knowledge and skills to be able to assist with the planning, preparation and delivery of safe and effective sport and physical activity sessions.

Work Experience

You will have the chance to do at least two weeks of relevant work experience to support your studies, gain experience and potentially develop contacts with future employers. Our team will help you secure a work placement and will provide you with everything required for you to attend your placement.


Learners must complete the nine mandatory units:

Principles of anatomy and physiology for sport and physical activity
Principles of active, healthy living
Exploring personal health and fitness
Assist in the planning and delivery of a sport or physical activity session
Employability and career opportunities in the active leisure sector
Applying for an employment opportunity in the active leisure sector
Preparing for an interview
Developing self
Working in active leisure


You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, practical observations and completion of a work experience placement.

Enrichment Opportunities

There are a variety of enrichment opportunities on offer throughout the year, including trips and external visits.

Career and Progression

You can progress onto our Level 2 Gym Instructing course, or onto other Sports Level 2 courses.

Study Programme

Our personalised Study Programmes provide young people with the skills they need to move in to higher education, training, apprenticeships or employment. They are designed to challenge you positively and suit your aspirations. Our Study Programmes include a choice of vocational qualifications combined with essential English and Maths qualifications, enrichment activities and work experience. We partner with employers to ensure our learners gain the vital work-ready skills and knowledge needed to positively progress into the world of work.