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Sports Industry Skills (Fitness Instruction)

Course Code: DSPIE

Level: 2
Subject area: Sport & Leisure
Awarding body: BTEC
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year
When you'll study: Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

About the course

This course is the perfect step on the ladder to becoming a personal trainer or a gym instructor. The course is linked with industry recognised body CIMSPA so learners can expect to learn knowledge and skills that link directly with the world of work, and they can develop their skills while they learn using our outstanding facilities, and city-wide industry links.

What you'll learn

The course mixes theory and practical during the duration of the course. This is reviewed using a variety of assessment methods. The course covers key modules around:

  • Working in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
  • Exercise Instructor Knowledge and Skills Development
  • Preparing Clients for a Gym-based Exercise Programme
  • Working as a Gym Instructor

These units combine to provide you with a first-class look at the skills and demands required to be the next Joe Wicks.

Entry requirements

You need to have a minimum of three grades 4’s or above. 


This course has elements of theory and practical assessments. The assessments can vary from essays and presentations in the classroom, to working with a member of the public in a local park! The aim of all assessment methods is to ensure the skills are being developed, and you have a chance to use them in the real world. 

What's next?

Learners who complete this course can progress onto our level 3 pathways in Fitness and Personal Training or Coaching and Development. Learners who decide to no longer study can apply for work in and around the local fitness and leisure sector. 

Learners may also choose to complete this course, and continue their studies within a different area of City College Plymouth.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2021/22 (August 2021 – July 2022). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2022/23.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete an Expression of Interest form.
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