If you have ever thought about being a Fitness Instructor or a Personal Trainer then why not take a Sport and Fitness 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 have 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

Some experience of gym-based exercises, including free weights, is highly recommended.

The course requires physical exertion, and individual participation is essential; therefore, a degree of
physical fitness is necessary.

There is an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved and
learners should be working towards Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths.

What will I learn?

This qualification aims to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to be able to plan, deliver and
supervise safe and effective exercise programmes within a gym or health club environment. During the
qualification learners will cover:

Anatomy, physiology and nutrition and how they relate to exercise and fitness.

Health and safety in the fitness environment.

The skills to conduct client and group inductions in a gym-based environment and support exercise adherence and a healthy lifestyle.

The skills to plan, instruct and supervise safe and effective exercise and physical activity sessions.

Professionalism for fitness instructing.

Personal and professional development.

Delivering exceptional customer service.

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 five mandatory units:

Principles of anatomy, physiology and fitness
Professionalism and customer care for fitness instructors
Health and safety in the fitness environment
Conducting client consultations to support positive behaviour change
Planning and instructing gym-based exercise


You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, practical observations and a multiple-choice examination.

Enrichment Opportunities

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

Career and Progression

This qualification provides progression to:

Employment as a Gym/Fitness Instructor
Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training

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.