Hartpury College

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fitness

Course Overview

If you’re looking for a career in the fitness industry – or hoping to progress onto a higher education sports degree, then this course provides an excellent foundation for your development towards your goals.

You will learn through a mix of theory based and practical sessions and will study 19 modules over the 2 year course, with a mixture of fitness, instructing and sports science based modules. In addition to this, you will also get the chance to work with and instruct “specific groups” which could include older adults or disability people.

In your first year, you will also have completed your YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing and this will allow you to progress onto your YMCA Level 2 in both Spin Instructing and Circuit Training qualifications in year two. You will also undertake Work Experience in Year two which has proved immensely beneficial in recent years, in gaining students paid fitness employment. 

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. You can read our students’ stories here

Entry Requirements


Five "C" Grades or above including English Language and either Maths or Science.


Satisfactory completion of the Diploma in Fitness (or completion of a level 2 fitness instructing award)

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25 Feb 2017 2017 Diploma Open Morning Saturday 25th February

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In Brief


1 Year

Tuition fees

Students under 19 on 31 August 2016 are free (full time courses only). Examination fees for main qualifications are also free.

Students aged 19 to 23 may need to pay tuition fees. We may be able to waive your fees if you are unemployed and receiving Jobseekers Allowance, studying your first full level 2 qualification or level 3 qualification. Please visit this page for more information.

Students aged 24 and over. You may need to pay for your course, please visit this page for more information on 24+ loans.

Educational visits charge: An annual £65 fee is payable for all students and covers the cost of outside visits, special speakers and a contribution to the cost of administration.

When should I apply

We welcome applications for September 2016 entry from October 2015 onwards. You do not have to wait for your GCSE results.

How to apply

Please download the application form. Please note: you can complete this form on your computer and then print it to send back to us - you are unable to save. We will then contact you to arrange an interview.

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Course breakdown

Your course will combine classroom study and practical sessions.  Your practical sessions will be fitness based with the majority of these taking place in our Cross Training Gym.


    • Fitness Testing
    • Instructing Physical Activity
    • Sports Nutrition
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Assessing Risk in Sport
    • Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
    • The Physiology of Fitness
    • Psychology for Sport
    • The Athlete’s Lifestyle
    • Fitness Training and Programming
    • Talent Identification and Development of Sport
    • Current Issues in Sport
    • Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport
    • Sports Injuries
    • Work Experience in Sport
    • Sport and Exercise Massage
    • Sports Facilities and Operational Management
    • Sport as a Business
    • Organising Sports Events

Career Opportunities

You will have a wide variety of progression opportunities on completion of this course. Careers in fitness instruction or as a personal trainer are natural options after this course.



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