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Academy of Performance Coaching (APC)

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Academy of Performance Coaching

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SportBU is proud to be an approved centre for a range of Active IQ Fitness Qualifications, designed to turn your passion for health and fitness into a long term career by developing competent fitness professionals. We work with Active IQ who are the UK’s leading awarding body for Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications.

All of our Academy of Performance Coaching (APC) courses are accredited by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) and therefore, are nationally recognised among health and fitness employers.

Our courses

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Level 2 Fitness Instructing (Gym)

This qualification trains learners to a professionally competent level, enabling them to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes within a gym or health club environment.
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Level 3 Personal Training Course

The Level 3 Personal Trainer Course is a brilliant way to build you repertoire and gain an industry acknowledged award. The course is much more condensed than most, getting you qualified in 6 weeks.
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Level 3 Sports Massage Course

The Active IQ Certificate in Sports Massage (Soft Tissue Therapy) is at level 3 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). You’ll learn from a member of the Academy of Performance Coaching team.
APC Massage Level 4

Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy

The aim of this course is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to treat and/or seek to correct common patterns of dysfunction of pre-diagnosed injuries.
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Level 2 Award in Instructing Studio Cycling

The Active IQ Award in Instructing Studio Cycling is at level 2 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework. It is also recognised by The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at level 2.
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Level 2 Award in Instructing Kettlebells

The Active IQ Award in Instructing Kettlebells is at level 2 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework. It is also recognised by The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at level 2, but does not provide access onto the Register.
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Level 2 Award in Instructing Circuit Sessions

The Active IQ Award in Instructing Circuit Sessions is at level 2 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework. It is also recognised by The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at level 2, but does not provide access onto the Register.

What is the “Academy of Performance Coaching”?

Simon Hook, Centre Contact & Head of the APC programme, explains the Academy of Performance Coaching

We offer the Level 2 Fitness Instructor (Gym), Level 3 Personal Trainer and Level 3 & 4 Sports Massage Therapy courses. Our qualifications are delivered as either an intensive course or part-time (weekends). You are required to complete some of your theoretical study in your own time prior to starting the course workshops. This will include revision for multiple-choice theory examinations as well as completing worksheets or case studies. These will form part of your Learner Achievement Portfolio (LAP) and are a useful method of self-based study to help prepare you for the qualification. 

Courses are delivered by our experienced tutors, so take advantage of your BU connection and receive these qualifications at a more affordable rate compared to other private training providers. To find out more information about the courses e-mail apcenquiries@bournemouth.ac.uk.

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On-campus facilities

Whether you just want to keep fit and healthy or are a top athlete, our on-campus indoor facilities, which includes two gyms and fitness studios, will help you achieve your sporting aspirations.