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Duration (approx) 2500 hours
Qualification Advanced Diploma


This course provides management oriented training for people wanting to work in the health and fitness or recreation industries on a technical or management capacity. Graduates will have a broad and extensive understanding of human health together with specialised skills that will be developed through your choice of elective units.

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Learn to be an Outstanding Fitness Professional

The fitness industry has, over recent decades, become much larger and professional than ever before.
  • Modern lifestyle together with increasing affluence; has created a greater demand for fitness facilities, products and services. 
  • Opportunities today go well beyond simply being the leader of an exercise class -and this course helps you explore all of those possibilities.
  • Scientific and technological advancements have greatly expanded the possibilities for fitness professionals; but to take full advantage of your opportunities, you need to understand both the underpinning science, and raise your awareness of the nature and scope of the fitness industry where you live.
This course is unique, flexible, diverse and very much focused on giving you what you need to develop your full potential in this industry.

Improve your career prospects to work in jobs such as:

  • Health Club Manager,
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Coach
  • Recreation Officer,
  • Technical Officer, Marketing Manager
  • Recreation/Fitness Consultant
  • Vocational Trainer.



2,500 hours minimum nominal duration, including:

Since this is a self-paced learning program, the student can study at a rate according to their ability and capabilities. This course may be studied over 3 years or less on a full time basis, or up to 8 years on a part time basis.


a/ Compulsory core modules

The following 4 modules are compulsory: Biochemistry (Animals), Instructional Skills, Business Studies, and

Workplace Health and Safety.

b/ Stream Core Modules

800 hours of study in compulsory modules (normally 8 x 100 hour modules) as follows:

Recreation Administration I, Recreation Administration II, Recreation Administration III, Recreation Administration IV, Human Health & Fitness 1, Human Biology I, Facility Management I, Facility Management II.

c/ Stream Elective Subjects

600 hours of study in modules (normally 6 X 100 hour modules), selected from the following:

Human Nutrition I, Human Nutrition II, Human Nutrition III, Human Biology II, Healthy Buildings I, Medicinal Herbs, Sports Nutrition. Other options will be considered.

d/ Optional Electives

200 hours of study in modules (normally 2 X 100 hour modules), which can be chosen from any advanced diploma modules, selected from stream electives not studied yet, or any module from other diplomas.

* Students are required to attain a current Senior First Aid Certificate and Advanced First Aid Certificate at some point during the course.


Three projects must be undertaken to satisfy the 200 hour nominal duration. Each project will deal with a distinct aspect of workplace activity, and culminate in a written formal report of a length appropriate to the nature of the project.


Workshop requirements are specified in curriculum documents which can be supplied to a mentor or supervisor anywhere in the world. These requirements may take up to 200 hours to complete, and must be signed off by an approved mentor/supervisor before credit is granted. Most students will satisfy this requirement toward the end of their diploma, in the course of working in industry. Others may attend sessions with a supervisor who they arrange to be approved for this purpose in their locality. Any payments made to a supervisor must be negotiated and made by the student.


You must attend 100 hours (minimum) of industry seminars within the period of the course. These may include such things as industry conferences, seminars, or professional society meetings.



Since originally developing this course in the 1990's, we have developed a lot of new modules and upgraded old ones. In the light of those developments; not to mention developments in industry; this course is currently being restructured; and a new structure as outlined below will be phased in. Students can negotiate credits for anything completed under the old structure if they wish to move to the new structure.

Core Modules

These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Diploma In Recreation Studies - Fitness.

Health & Fitness I BRE101

Human Anatomy & Physiology (Human Biology 1A) BSC101

Biochemistry I (Animal and Human) BSC103

Business Studies BBS101

Human Nutrition 1 BRE102

Instructional Skills BGN101

Leisure Management 1 BRE103

Leisure Management II BRE104

Research Project I BGN102

Workplace Health & Safety VBS103

Workshop I BGN103

Leisure Facility Management I BRE205

Leisure Management III BRE204

Leisure Facility Management II BRE306

Leisure Management IV BRE305

Industry Project II BIP001


Elective Modules

In addition to the core modules, students study any 9 of the following 15 modules.

  • Sports Psychology BPS106
  • Advanced Aerobics BRE208
  • Aquafitness BRE207
  • Health & Fitness II BRE201
  • Healthy Buildings I (Building Construction & Health) BSS200
  • Human Nutrition II BRE202
  • Nutrition for Weight Loss BRE210
  • Resistance & Gym Supervision BRE206
  • Workshop II BGN203
  • Cardiorespiratory Performance (Human Biology III) BSC301
  • Health & Fitness III BRE301
  • Human Nutrition III BRE302
  • Life Coaching BPS305
  • Sports Nutrition BRE303
  • Weight Loss Consultant BRE307



Types of Exercise Classes

Different clients will want or need different types of exercise sessions. A better understanding of fitness science, allows you to cater to a wider range of people in a more appropriate way.
The particular health and fitness centre attended may dictate the class type and format.
The following list provides an insight into the diversity you can find in "aerobic" classes.
  • High Impact Aerobics - movements with both feet off the ground at the same time.
  • Low Impact Aerobics - movements with at least one foot in contact with the ground at all times.
  • Hi-Low Impact Aerobics - a mix of both high and low impact aerobics.
  • Step - a low or high impact class utilising a step/platform to 'go step and down' on.
  • Advanced - high impact, very choreographed movements and combinations or a fast fitness class incorporating lots of running.
  • Moderate Pace - hi-low class.
  • Beginners - low impact
  • Body Sculpt - a class utilising weights and muscle conditioning work. The class will begin with a warm-up and maybe a cardiovascular section (other names for this type of class include: body blitz, tummy hips and thighs THT, and toning class).
  • Pump/Power Bar - an exercise to music class using a barbell to complete a weights workout covering all major muscle groups.
  • Interval - this is a class with a mixture of hi-low aerobics and weights. It may consist of 10 minutes aerobics, 5 minute weights etc.
  • Tri-Step - aerobics and weights.
Classes are always going to be called different names wherever you go, for marketing reasons, if nothing else. Basically, the same type of class may be offered at gyms under different names, and it is up to clients find which one they prefer and enjoy participating in.
What is a Good Set of Exercises?
When performing aerobics routines, each movement should not be repeated too many times especially if the same leg is leading. Movements should be mixed up to provide variety. Too many high impact moves in a row will sometimes be too difficult for some people to continue with. Provide a low impact option or mix these moves up.
When completing muscle conditioning exercises 3-4 sets is appropriate on any one muscle group. Work larger muscle groups before moving onto smaller muscle groups.








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