Advanced Personal Training - Level 4

Course Overview:

The field of personal training and the needs of modern day professional personal trainers is rapidly evolving in line with the broad ranging needs and goals of the clients they serve. As a result, the industry has never been more competitive. Highly successful personal trainers are results driven and confidently differentiate their services offered to provide an ethical service and sustain a highly successful business. Driving this success is a more scientific and evidence-based approach to programming, training, monitoring and managing clients which translates to better client retention as well as attracting new clients.

This qualification provides learners with the enhanced knowledge and skills to fully understand their clients, utilise an evidence-based approach to programming and develop a successful and sustainable personal training business.

Entry Requirements:

Learners must hold a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (or equivalent).

Learners must be able to apply factual and theoretical knowledge and be able to use a range of cognitive and practical skills to generate specific solutions for personal training clients. This will require learners to work in predictable and unpredictable situations using knowledge, skills and competencies pitched at level 4 on the RQF.

If you are aged 19+ and do not hold the above requirements then please contact us to help you plan your route onto this programme.

Mature Applicants
We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over as at 1st September in the academic year of admission) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. Applicants will be invited to attend an admission interview and will be advised of the criteria in advance. To find out more, please email

Course Content:

You need to complete compulsory units to gain this qualification:

  • Research, evaluation and use of credible research and information to inform personal training / coaching practice.
  • Integration and application of technologies, digital and social media into personal training practice to support, enhance and manage the client journey.
  • The application of behaviour change and communication techniques to support, enhance and manage the client journey.
  • Assessment, performance analysis and evaluation to support, enhance and manage the client journey.
  • Design and application of long-term periodisation, planning, coaching and evaluation to optimise client success
  • Duration:

    This is a one year course. If you are currently working in a gym, you may be able to fast-track or infill on to this course. Please contact Yeovil College for more information on 01935 423921.

    Mode of Study:


    Career Prospects:

    • Level 4 Certificate in Strength and Conditioning.
    • Level 3 Award in Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance.
    • Level 3 Award in Instructing Outdoor Fitness.
    • Level 4 special-populations-related qualifications.
    • Other level 3 and 4 technical qualifications in related subjects.
    Learners may also progress onto qualifications in related sectors, e.g. Sports Massage, where they will be provided with the knowledge and skills to practise sports massage alongside personal training in a health club environment or in their own business. Alternatively, learners may broaden their knowledge and skills by progressing onto qualifications mapping to additional branches of the Level 3 Standards, such as Exercise Referral and Leisure Management. The qualification will provide knowledge and practical skills to enhance provision alongside other academic courses such as: National Diploma in Sports Studies, A-level PE and HND and Higher Education degrees in Sport and Leisure.

    Course Fee (2019/20):


    How do I apply:

    For further information, advice and to enrol, please call our Student and Customer Services Team on 01935 423921, or email