In the wake of the London 2012 Olympics, people’s passion and commitment for pursuing active lifestyles has greatly increased. Onside Sports Education can help you get a head start to make the most of this situation, by training you up as an accredited fitness and training professional.
By enrolling on a course with us to gain industry-recognised health and fitness qualifications, you’ll be sure that your CV and your income will see and feel the benefit – as well as your health and fitness, of course!
Our course fees are highly competitive. You can pay for your course securely via PayPal, credit card or debit card. You can do this over the phone, online, in person or via our interest free partnership services with ‘Pay 4 Later’. Onside also accept cash, cheques (on production of a cheque guarantee card) and bank transfers.
Onside Sports Education has a range of courses available that run regularly throughout the year to give our students the opportunity to learn, train and qualify with us at a time that fits in around their lifestyle. No matter how you choose to study the course, whether you opt for classroom based or distance learning, there is no difference in the final qualification you will receive. The learning process is simply a matter of choice that fits your existing lifestyle and circumstances. The final qualification is issued by Lifetime Awarding Qualifications and is fully recognised by REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals).
Via this method of learning you will study from your own home (or workplace) at your own pace with the support of a distance learning tutor. You can arrange with your tutor regarding the best course of communication, for example, phone calls, emails or skype. You will also have the option of attending free support sessions, drop-in clinics and group workshops. When you’re ready to complete your final assessments, you will discuss with your tutor to arrange to attend an assessment day at one of our centres across Lancashire.
Via this method of learning, you will be expected to attend classes during the week and/or weekends along with other enrolled candidates. You will also be expected to commit to additional home study hours as directed by your tutor.
Onside provides its students with highly qualified tutors, assessors and industry specialists. Our staff are all hand-picked as role models who can motivate you towards your qualification goals and demonstrate from first-hand expertise the benefits that obtaining a qualification in the health and fitness sector can promote. Whichever pathway you choose, you will be given access to all of the tools you need to become fully qualified in your chosen area of health and fitness.
WHAT CAN OUT QUALIFICATIONS LEAD TO?
All of the qualifications available through Onside Sports Education can help lead towards successful employment or development in the field of health, fitness, coaching, fitness instruction or personal training. Our courses can also give you a strong foundation for working with organisations such as the NHS or working in the field of wider healthcare. The Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training and Business Planning is also a great course to undertake if you are interested in starting up your own business or becoming self-employed.
WHAT IF I CAN'T QUITE COVER THE COSTS?
There are some circumstances where you may be entitled to enrol on one of our courses at a significantly reduced rate, or even for free, and so it pays to do your research and give us a call! Such circumstances can include…
- If you have previously served within the British Armed Forces
- If you are aged between 19 – 24 and are unemployed (and claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance)
- If you are completing your first set of qualifications since attending high school
For learners aged 25 and above, you may be able to obtain student finance to pay for your qualification. This is a low interest rate loan which you don’t have to start repaying until your earn a certain salary per year. Often, an employer may agree to fund your qualification if it is relevant to your development within your job role. We would be happy to speak to your employer about this should it be an option for you to take!
Still unsure, give us a call, and let us help you!
In clicking on the table below, you should take the time to learn about the difference between a Fitness (Gym) Instructor and a Personal Trainer…
Most gyms, health clubs and leisure centres hire Gym Instructors to write general programmes for their visiting clientele. Gym Instructors carry out general supervision of clients exercising on gym equipment and using the facilities. They provide demonstrations, advice on exercise and tips on best use of equipment to ensure the progress of clients. However, Gym Instructors are not trained to work with specific populations or clients with medical issues as this requires the input of a specialist. Whilst employed at a gym, health club or leisure centres, Gym Instructors are also expected to ensure the cleanliness and upkeep of equipment and carry out administrative duties within the gym. Gym Instructors can expect to earn an average of £12-14K per year.
Personal Trainers initially all train as Gym Instructors, but following more intensive and specialist training, are able to offer skills in advanced exercise programming, conduct fitness tests and advise on nutrition, weight management, injury prevention and rehabilitation. Personal Trainers usually work freelance in gyms, health clubs and leisure centres, but most commonly, work on a self-employed basis in their own time, utilizing their own choice of environment. Personal Trainers can charge upwards of £15 p/hour for their services, although many charge considerably more depending on their client-base.