• LevelLevel 3
  • Age group16-18
  • Duration1 year
  • Awarding bodyActive IQ


This course is designed to give you the skills and understanding required to work within the fitness industry as a personal trainer. You will design and manage a range of fitness programmes whilst motivating and communicating effectively with clients. You will also study theoretical units relating to anatomy, physiology and the circulation and respiratory system. You will analyse nutritional programmes and develop plans for the clients.

Course Information

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For more information call Course Information on
01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

You will study modules in applied anatomy and physiology for exercise, health and fitness, principles of nutrition and their application to exercise and health, understanding lifestyle, health, wellbeing and common medical conditions, encouraging positive health and fitness behaviours in clients programme design and delivery for personal training and professionalism and business acumen for personal trainers.

September - June

Entry requirements

To access this course you must hold a Level 2 in Gym or Fitness Instructing and this course is the direct progression route from the Active IQ Level 2 Gym Instructing course, this course is designed to qualify you to work as a personal trainer.

The course is assessed through a mixture of coursework, portfolio of evidence, multiple choice theory examination and practical assessments.

University opportunities
Past students have progressed foundation degrees in personal training, strength and conditioning, sport and exercise (injury management) and adventure sports leadership.

Career opportunities
Career opportunities include personal training, outdoor instructors, outdoor leaders, education and sports science.

Tuition fees are free if you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course.

If you are aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances. 

Many people qualify for free tuition fees, for more information please contact Course Information on 01642 333333. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time students.

Please click the apply now button at the top of this page which will take you to an application form, or you can download a full time course application here and print it out, complete the form and send it to the College. If you have any queries with regards to your application or you would like further information and support, please contact our Admissions Team on (01642) 333601. Or if you have any enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333333 or e-mail CourseInformation@mbro.ac.uk

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Sport & Leisure

Sports students will learn theoretical based study in the classroom, whilst taking part in a range of sport and fitness activities. Taught by specialist tutors and coaches, many of which are ex professionals in their field, you'll benefit from fantastic facilities including an AstroTurf pitch, a strength and conditioning suite and a physiology lab.

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.