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Fitness Services in Sport, Extended Certificate Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2019

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2019, Full Time


The course includes the theory behind sport, health, exercise and leadership complimented with practical activities to reinforce learning. It will test your sporting knowledge and your own practical ability by covering skills and theory based modules, whilst also developing your health and fitness and wellbeing understanding. This course consists of 4 Units and is equivalent to 1 A Level with the addition of a Level 2 Gym Instructor certificate. The second year leads on to a second A Level and deepens skills and knowledge around key subject areas, with an additional sports industry qualification.

Specific Modules that could be studied may include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness training and programming for health, sport and wellbeing
  • Professional development in Sport
  • Sports Leadership

In addition to your main programme, if required, you will study English and Maths. Depending on your grades on entry, you will study either Functional Skills or GCSE's English and Maths. Please check our English and Maths page for further information.

Why our College?

Industry-standard Facilities

At our College you will have access to industry-standard facilities and get to use top of the range equipment. On our campus you’ll find media suites, TV studios, design labs, workshops, hair & beauty salons, working kitchens and a live theatre.

Gain Real Experiences of Work

All our courses will provide you with outstanding experiences of work and prepare you for your future career. You will work with real employers and customers and build connections.

A Unique Student Experience

This is what really sets us apart. At our College you will experience the freedom to be yourself. Being part of an active Students’ Union, having opportunities to travel and enjoying live entertainment are just a few of the amazing opportunities available to you.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSE's at 4 / C grade, or a First Diploma in a related subject at Merit level.

Must also be able to demonstrate a commitment to the course and show some understanding of the industry.


Assessment is varied and will combine a variety of methodologies including external examinations, assignments, presentations and professional discussion.


Following the successful completion of the course you can progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Services in year 2.

Following the completion of the second year, students will be able to progress on degree level courses or gain employment within the Sport, Health and Fitness industry. At City College Norwich we offer a BSc (hons) degree in Sport, Health and Exercise.

Career Progression

The sport and active leisure industry supports over 450,000 jobs in the UK. Over the last five years it has become a £20 billion industry and experts predict it will continue to grow faster than other sectors in the economy.

This course will allow you to progress onto many careers which may include; Gym instructor or Leisure Centre Assistant, Personal Trainer, Sport Development Officer, Sports Nutritionist, Sports Therapist and Sports Psychologist.

Some of these careers will require further study at degree level. For further information about specific job roles please check the National Careers Service website for:

  • Sports Psychologist
  • Leisure Centre Assistant
  • Sports Development Officer


If you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 years and over please contact the Advice Shop. Please check our Finance pages for information on loans, bursaries, fee information and student travel offers that are available.

There will be costs for equipment, uniform and trips. Approximately £100-120 for uniform, £20 course materials, £100 contribution for enrichment activities