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Personal Training and Sport Massage (CertHE)

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The certificate in Personal Training and Sport Massage is an introductory higher education course designed to develop your skills as a personal trainer and sport massage therapist.

You will improve your knowledge in health and fitness and gain experience working with clients in real situations and context as well as having opportunities to gain vocational awards in fitness, nutrition and massage. You will work with highly experienced lecturers who will also provide individual tutorial support throughout the course.

On graduating, you will be ready to enter the health and fitness industry or progress to a BSc degree programme in Sport and Exercise Science.

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Cert HE Personal Training and Sport Massage  
Apply via UCAS

Applicants to full-time courses can apply through UCAS. Applicants to part-time courses can apply through the University.

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Contact Email: g.forster@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Geraint Forster

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. Gain experience by testing and instructing real clients.
  2. Develop highly employable skills in fitness training and programme design.
  3. Use the latest technologies to assess health and fitness.
  4. Gain a higher education qualification in health and fitness.
  5. Develop your scientific understanding of health and fitness.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The course will develop your understanding of human physiology and how the body responds and adapts to physical activity. You will learn how to conduct and interpret fitness assessments data and will use this information to design and manage training programmes. You will also improve your understanding of the relationship between nutrition, health and fitness. The course will also allow you to develop the techniques associated with sports massage and you will provide treatments within our clinical sessions.

Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to gain vocational awards in personal training, sports massage, nutrition and first aid.

Module Topics

The course consists of six 20 credit modules that are split over two semesters. Semester 1 runs from late September to January, semester 2 runs from late January to May.

Year 1 (Cert HE)

  • Human Physiology and Fitness (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Health and Exercise Psychology (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Kinesiology (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Personal Training (20 credits; compulsory) (C)
  • Sport Massage (20 credits; compulsory).

Whilst the certificate is predominantly assessed through a combination of course work and practical examination, students will also develop an extensive portfolio of professional practice and case study evidence.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Sport and Exercise Science

Find out more about our BSc Sport and Exercise Science portfolio from course lecturers Geraint Forster and David Gardner

Key Information

Entry Criteria

32 UCAS Points

Applicants over the age of 21 with no UCAS points will be offered an interview.

Career Opportunities

90% of our graduates in this subject area are employed or in full-time further study within 6 months of graduating. In general, the certificate in Personal Training will develop graduates for careers such as:

  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Personal trainer
  • Coaching and advising recreational athletes (e.g. triathlon, running, cycling)
  • Youth sport
  • Sport massage therapist
  • Fitness consultant in health and fitness environments
Additional Costs

Vocational training awards may incur additional costs depending on which courses are selected.

Related Courses

On completion of the certificate, you will be able to progress to the second year of the BSc Sport and Exercise Science if you wish to continue your studies.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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Further Information

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions related to the University or to this course in particular.