Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport Fitness

Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport (Fitness)


If you’re looking for a career in the fitness industry or hoping to progress onto a higher education sports degree, then this two-year course provides an excellent foundation for your development towards your goals. You'll learn through a mix of theory-based and practical sessions including a mixture of fitness, instructing and sports science-based modules. In your first year, you will also complete your YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing.

Key Information

Course Duration: Two years
Part or Full Time: Full Time
Level of Study: Diplomas

Course Overview

Kick-start your career as a fitness instructor or personal trainer with this course. Our students learn through classroom and fitness based practical sessions, mainly in our cross training gym. Gain first-hand experience
of the fitness industry through your work placements and start building your network of contacts. You’ll also get the chance to design and implement fitness programmes based on a variety of clients, and complete your YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing.

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English Language and Maths.

Your modules could include Anatomy and Physiology, Investigating Business in Sport, Fitness Training and Programming, and Practical Sports Performance.

Completing some work experience during your first and second years will allow you to gain first-hand experience of the industry as well as invaluable networking opportunities and contacts.

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work experience all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. 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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Rated 'Ofsted Outstanding in all areas' for academic and curriculum-related provision 


99.4% pass-rate

With a BTEC pass rate of 99.4%, our outcomes for students are exceptional.

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Ella Cull
“I’ve just completed my BSc in Sports Coaching at Hartpury and now I’m doing my MSc Sports Coaching to further develop my knowledge. I regularly deliver coaching sessions with college sport students to gain extra skills.”
Ella Cull
Level 3 National Extended Diploma Sport (Fitness)


Living in on-site college accommodation at Hartpury, you’ll be part of a vibrant and international community of students of all ages who share their experience of life at college and university together on one campus.

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If you’re playing sport competitively, or you have the talent and drive to do so, you may want to join one of our Sports Academies. Over 200 international athletes have developed their talents with us over the past 10 years. You could be our next success story. We're a semi-professional sports environment offering world-class facilities and professional coaching and support services.

A-levels or a diploma?

Are you unsure about whether A-levels or a BTEC Diploma are the right choice for you? Find out the key differences and which qualification would best suit your learning style and your career and further study ambitions on our dedicated page.