Personal training

Expand your academic and practical knowledge and enhance the skills you need to flourish in this dynamic customer-facing industry.

Whether it is supporting elite athletes to reach their full potential, or introducing a sport to a young person for the first time – with a career in personal training you can play an important role in leading people to a healthy lifestyle.

You could make an impact on the lives of people of all ages and walks of life. You will need to be approachable and an excellent motivator, encouraging people to reach their fitness goals by creating personalised fitness programmes, giving advice on healthy eating and carrying out fitness assessments of clients.

Get the skills, knowledge and competence you need to work unsupervised as a personal trainer. This includes being able to offer one-to-one training, baseline assessment, nutritional advice and progressive programming specific to the needs of a client. 

Our personal training programmes can lead to careers in:

  • coaching and development
  • sports massage therapist
  • recreational assistant
  • nutritionist
  • sport psychologist
  • professional or semi-professional sports person


  • Personal training - Develop your knowledge of fitness testing and training exercise, assessing risks, leadership, instructing physical activity and injuries massage. 

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We offer sports qualifications from Level 1 (equivalent to GCSEs grades D-F or 3-1) to university level, at levels 5-6.


About 60 per cent of your time at college will be classroom-based. The remainder of the time will be made up of practical activities, including fitness coaching or practical sport.

Train in our gyms, including the state-of-the-art Oxford Lifestyle Centre, featuring the latest in fitness equipment. We have state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, including Wellness application, which allows customers access to their training information via their Smartphone, tablet or PC.

Career pathways

A career pathway is a series of building blocks that will take you to your future career. This helps us equip you with the skills, attributes and knowledge that future employers want, giving you a greater chance of success.

Our career pathway maps will show you the best routes through college, higher education and employment and into the most popular industry sectors.

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Industry partnerships

Our network of employer partnerships means, whichever pathway you choose, you will get practical experience in the sports sector throughout your programme.