South Devon College

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Fitness Instruction

Are you an active person who is always on the move and just has to be doing something? Do you have a passion for anything health and fitness related? Because if so, a course at South Devon College could be the perfect way for you to map a career in this extremely varied and rewarding industry.

We have a variety of health/fitness courses that will develop a range of transferable skills, and will set you on a path to employment or university-level study, depending on your goals. When studying with us, you will soon realise that our teachers and staff are incredibly passionate about their work, and together with their industry experience, will inspire you and help you achieve the highest possible success.

We involve employers across Torbay and South Devon in our curriculum at every opportunity, so you can be sure you are gaining relevant skills for employment. You will have the chance to achieve numerous extra qualifications and governing body awards. We offer FA, basketball, badminton and tennis coaching awards, CYQ Fitness Instructor awards and National Pool Lifeguard Qualifications. We are also a centre of excellence for Sports Leaders awards.

You will have plenty of opportunity to enhance your learning by attending trips that cover a broad range of sports. Whether it's watching top-class tennis at the O2 Arena, or seeing Ronaldo and Messi light up the Bernabeu and Camp Nou, you will learn from elite professionals and gain inspiration for a career in this fantastic industry.

Why South Devon College?

South Devon College is an outstanding place to learn, and the perfect place for your education and development. In 2014, we were delighted to be recognised as the top Further Education and Tertiary College in England, in results published by the Skills Funding Agency for 2012-13. We were also graded as 'Outstanding' in our most recent Ofsted inspection.

We are proud to promote a culture of success within the College, with fantastic results across the entirety of our provision. With an exceptional learning environment and our inspirational teaching team, we know that together, you will enjoy the same success in your studies and achieve your goals, whatever they may be.

Personalised Learning Programmes

Every student at South Devon College has a Personalised Learning Programme; a custom plan tailored to you as an individual that ensures you gain the academic, vocational and employability skills necessary to achieve your goals and find employment upon the completion of your studies.

Troy Culley: Fitness Instruction student

I studied Sports Performance at the College, alongside coaching basketball at a junior level. I gained a variety of skills, and went on to win the Devon Youth Coach of the Year accolade, before progressing to coaching a senior team. I've had the opportunity to take the South West Under 16s to several European events, and I'm looking forward to progressing as a professional coach in the near future.

Daniel Gaze: Fitness Instruction lecturer

Before joining the College I was a physical trainer with the RAF for seven years. I've always wanted to teach so jumped at the chance to join South Devon College, where I teach across all of the sports courses we offer. Our courses here at the College are second to none; we provide an outstanding learning environment with inspirational teachers who are passionate about passing on their skills. Not only will you leave here with excellent grades, but also with plenty of additional qualifications that you can't get anywhere else, preparing you for employment when you leave the College.

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Apprenticeships with South Devon College


There are exciting career opportunities with our Apprenticeship programmes in PE and School Sport, Personal Training and Sports Development. Apprentices find themselves working in local primary schools, fitness centres and national sports organisations. Successful apprentices often go on to manage businesses, teach in schools or attend university.

Broadly, apprenticeships in sports, fitness and sports education aim to improve access to sport and physical activity for people of all ages and abilities, develop communities through the use of sport and physical activity and address wider social inclusion agendas. The work is challenging and varied and may include the development of performance sport, community sport and physical activity and /or participation for particular target groups. Sports development involves organising projects, programmes, information and training to encourage people to increase their activity and have a healthier lifestyle or participate in their community.

My future with South Devon College

Careers: I want to be...

Our courses at South Devon College have been designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge employers seek, enabling you to find employment and take the first steps towards a successful career. Our Fitness Instruction courses will help you gain employment in the following industries:

Be active & push others

Outdoor Guide
Personal Trainer
Sports Person