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CH1 Fit Academy

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport, Fitness and Personal Training


This comprehensive fitness diploma is the first of its kind. It offers over £8,000 worth of technical certificates ranging from personal training to sports massage and entrepreneurism, as well as registered UCAS accreditation for application to university.

This Level 3 BTEC Extended diploma is a two year full time, vocational course that is equivalent to three A levels. The course is ideal for anyone with an interest in health, wellbeing and sport or fitness.

You will be studying at CH1 Fitness Academy's state-of-the-art fitness centre in the heart of Chester city centre. This location will provide all learners with direct work experience opportunities as well as exposure to a wide range of exercise settings not often experienced on these courses.

On completion of the course, you will have certification in:

  • Gym Instructing Certificate
  • Personal Training Diploma

This is also a CIMSPA recognised qualification enabling you to work in the industry as a recognised gym instructor or personal trainer.


To download and view our CH1 Fit Academy Course prospectus please click on the link below:

Entry requirements 

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Science, English Language and Mathematics

Course Structure 

On this course you will study:

Year 1

  • Health, well-being and sport
  • Fitness Skills Development (Gym Instructor certificate)
  • Fitness testing
  • Fitness training
  • Nutrition for physical performance
  • Marketing Communications
  • Business and technology in personal training

Year 2

  • Careers in sport and active leisure industry
  • Personal trainer skills development (Personal Training Diploma)
  • Research Project in sport
  • Self employment in sport and physical activity
  • Sporting Injuries

Teaching & Learning 

The teaching team consists of highly skilled and qualified sport scientists, personal trainers, and exercise specialists all of whom have valuable and current industry experience alongside being fully qualified teachers. Our team also includes an advanced skills teacher (teaching and learning coach) and a former Ofsted Inspector.
This combination provides a study programme which is designed to ensure you receive up to date content in a coherent and structured format, and all learners are supported but challenged to be the best they can be.
Our state-of-the-art city centre gym location provides the opportunity to gain real industrial experience, working with members of the public to build those initial steps into the personal training and the sports therapy industry. 

Assessment & Grading 

Achievement in the qualification requires a demonstration of depth of study in each unit, assured acquisition of a range of practical skills required for employment or progression to higher education, and successful development of transferable skills. Learners achieving a qualification will have achieved across mandatory units, including external and synoptic assessment.

Internally-assessed units are assessed using a grading scale of Distinction (D), Merit (M), Pass (P), and Unclassified (U). All mandatory and optional units contribute proportionately to the overall qualification grade, for example a unit of 120 GLH will contribute double that of a 60 GLH unit.

Qualifications in the suite are graded using a scale of P to D*, or PP to D*D*, or PPP to D*D*D*. Please see Section 9 for more details. The relationship between qualification grading scales and unit grades will be subject to regular review as part of Pearson’s standards monitoring processes on the basis of learner performance and in consultation with key users of the qualification.

With this qualification you can work as a gym instructor, personal trainer or sports massage therapist either for your own business or in industry. You can also progress into a Higher Education course in sports science, exercise science or sports development and coaching.

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Further Information

For further information about the course, please contact Mrs V Prydden, Head of Sixth Form at Queen's Park High School. Email: or Tel: 01244 257088.

If you would like to talk to the CH1 Fit Academy team directly, please contact:
Adam Goodwin, Course Manager and Lead Tutor

Tel: 07935 335662