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Personal Training Level 3 Certificate (YMCA Awards)

  • FULL L3
  • ALL
  • EHCP

This course will lead you to a recognised YMCA awards qualification and will prepare you with the skills and knowledge that you will need to work as a Personal Trainer. If you have an interest in working on a one-to-one basis to help adults achieve their training goals and needs, this course will help you achieve this.

YMCA awards


“I am a qualified nurse but always enjoyed running and generally keeping fit so I enquired about the course and was impressed by the lecturers. They were very supportive and were always available either by phone or email and there was a big focus on passing – failure was not an option. Since the course I have been able to leave my nursing career and now work full-time as a personal trainer running successful outdoor fitness classes.”

Catherine Course - Personal Training Level 3 Certificate (YMCA Awards)

Entry requirements

You must have passed the Fitness Instructor Level 2 course.

Course content

You will study:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health
    • Cardiovascular
    • Respiratory
    • Skeletal
    • Muscular
    • Nervous
    • Endocrine
  • Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme
  • Programming Personal Training with Clients
  • Delivering Personal Training

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Multiple Choice Theory Papers
  • Practical Examinations
  • Worksheets

Further study and career options

Recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals, on successful completion you will be qualified as a Personal Trainer. Past students have gained work on cruise ships, local gyms or set up their own business.

Additional information

Appropriate sportswear will be required.

Funding information

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. Find out more about your payment options and how your loan could be written off at

Course information & how to book

This course runs on multiple occasions. Choose the date most appropriate for you.

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
33 week(s) 20/09/2017 Wed 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm Launch our fee calculatorLaunch our fee calculator Cauldwell Street H1134S1 Course in progress
17 week(s) 02/02/2018 Fri 9.00 am - 4.30 pm Launch our fee calculatorLaunch our fee calculator Cauldwell Street H1134S2 Apply

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

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