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  • Learning the Focus Way

    We know that you will enjoy your course when it is delivered on your terms. That is why learning with Focus gives you a greater chance of success. Our courses are a mix of supported home study and practical course attendance days but unlike colleges and many other training providers, with Focus Training it’s you who sets the pace. Do you want to fast track to your new career or work at a more relaxed pace to fit in around your existing work and family commitments? After a discussion with our tutors, together you will agree a realistic structured approach for you to complete your qualification.

    Tutor support

    During your home study period our experienced tutors are with you every step of the way. They will contact you to complete regular pre-planned tuition sessions, but you do not have to wait for us to call you, our tutors are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and you can also contact them via Skype, MSN or email, they are always ready to help.

    Online learning options

    Many students are opting for our e-learning package, which allows you to complete your workbooks online. This has all the word processing advantages that you would associate with creating work on your PC or laptop and you may find it easier to type up your work so that you easily amend and update your answers at a later date. Submitting your work online is very easy and you will benefit from even quicker feedback from our tutors. Hard copies of our workbooks are available to purchase on request, as some students may prefer to study with a book to refer to.

    Attendance days

    Our tutors will advise you on the necessary two to three practical course days to complete your course. Sometimes there is a gap between the days to allow you to prepare for a final practical assessment. All of our courses are delivered by industry tutors at centres of excellence throughout the UK so you will be able to attend a convenient location.

  • Quality Assurance

    Focus Training was inspected by the Adult Learning Inspectorate (now Ofsted) in 2005. The inspection resulted in Focus Training being awarded the highest possible achievement, Grade 1 “Outstanding”.

    This was the first time a private training provider in the Health and Fitness Industry had achieved this exemplary grading, a record that still stands today.

    During the inspection several methods of excellent practice were highlighted and these were subsequently listed on “Excalibur” (now the Excellence Gateway), a gateway for other providers to learn and improve their own performance. One of the major contributing factors, and still highlighted as excellent practice to this day, was the quality of student support through our distance learning support tutors.

    Our Ofsted inspection in 2009 highlighted “Outstanding” grades and we were extremely proud to have achieved Grade 1’s in both “Quality of Provision” and our “Capacity to Improve”, which is part of our cornerstone for on-going commitment to learners and employers. We aim to continually improve our standards and the standards of education and training within the Health and Fitness Industry.

  • Company History

    Focus Training has been owned by its current Directors since March 2001. The Directors have a simple but very clear objective ­ to provide high quality training. This objective sets a precedent in every aspect of the company and investment in the quality of our provision is paramount to the company’s continued success. Focus Training considers its best asset is its people and there is a real team spirit across the company giving all our people a pride in the company and the reputation it has developed over the years.

    From the outset, Focus Training decided to deliver personal trainer courses that were subject to rigorous external assessment through awarding bodies giving our students the security of knowing that their courses were of the highest standard.
    In 2002, Focus Training became the first private training provider in the health and fitness industry to achieve ISO 9001 accreditation. As an internationally recognised standard for the quality management of businesses, ISO 9001 is by far the world’s most established quality framework, and sets the standard for quality management systems. It helps our organisation to succeed through improved customer satisfaction, staff motivation and continual improvement through regular audits to ensure that the company continually maintains high standards for our students as it grows.

MEET THE FOCUS TRAINING TUTORS

Darren Chadwick - Personal Trainer

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Lee Hinegan - Personal Trainer

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Paul Readfearn (Redders) - Personal Trainer

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Ross Hanbury - Personal Trainer

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Sarah Boyd - Personal Trainer

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Matt Marney - Personal Trainer

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Steve Barnet - Personal Trainer

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Sarah Lane - Personal Trainer

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Lorraine Dolan-Martin - Personal Trainer

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Graham Barber - Personal Trainer

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Leanne Hancock - Personal Trainer

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Phil Ramsey - Personal Trainer

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BUYERS GUIDE TO CHOOSING A TRAINING PROVIDER

Here at Focus Training we talk about ‘quality’ all the time. We are frankly obsessed by it because we know it’s the key to you gaining a qualification that will lead to success in your future career. We give you more than a qualification, we give you the skills and knowledge to do the job well, and a whole lot more bang for your buck besides!

Sadly, not all training providers think the same. So, how can you spot the difference between a reputable, high quality training provider and one that, well, shall we say, is not so clever!

Read our Buyer’s Guide to find out what we believe quality training looks like and make sure you are investing in quality training from a reputable training provider.

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READ OUR STUDENT'S STORIES

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What qualifications do I need?

    Always choose a course that leads to an awarding body qualification specifically in the area of health and fitness related qualifications that are government approved.

    Focus Training use YMCA Awards and Active IQ as their awarding bodies as they offer a full range of qualifications to enable progressive learning and career development. All our qualifications have industry wide respect amongst employers and fitness professionals.

  • What level of course do I need?

    We deliver three levels of qualification in the health and fitness
    industry.

    • Level 2 Fitness Instructor – This is the course needed for entry into employment in the health and fitness industry. The two main Level 2 courses are Gym and Exercise to Music. Other disciplines include Aqua, Step, Circuits, Studio Cycling and Instructing Health Related Exercise to Children. It is the equivalent of GCSE Grades A-C or an NVQ Level 2
    • Level 3 Advanced Fitness Instructor – The Personal Trainer Diploma is a level 3 qualification, it is at an equivalent level to A levels or an NVQ Level 3.
    • Level 4 Specialist – The most advanced qualification available. Students must have completed the GP Exercise Referral course to be eligible to enrol.
  • Are they industry recognised?

    All Focus Training qualifications give full entry to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) and our series of PURE workshops give Continuing Professional Development points to qualified instructors.

    The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) was set up by the industry to regulate exercise and fitness instructors and trainers by recognising qualifications allowing entry to the register at different levels. It allows employers to check that any potential employee has the required qualifications for employment in the industry. All fitness professionals on the REPs must complete more training to maintain their status on the register by gaining continuing professional development (CPD) points. This ensures that their knowledge is valid and current.

  • Can I start a course immediately and how long will it take?

    Most of our courses require a period of tutor-supported home study before you attend workshops and/or a practical assessment day at one of our venues. If a course is listed on our website at a venue near you then you can be assured that there will still be enough time for you to complete the necessary home study.

    If you can’t find the course you are looking for, please call our course advisors and they will be able to suggest alternatives and register your interest for upcoming courses so that you don’t miss out.

    The time it takes to complete a courses depends on a number of factors, for example, your previous knowledge, experience and the particular course on which you are enrolled. However, all courses can be completed between 4 weeks and 6 months.

  • Can I book online?

    Yes, you can book your place on any course and pay in full or deposit only through our online booking system. The system will prompt you about any prerequisite qualifications you may need for certain courses and also alert us to contact you about 19+ Advanced Learner Loans if applicable.

    Alternatively you can contact our course adviser between 9am and 5pm on weekdays or send us an email through our website and we will call you to answer any queries or enroll you on your chosen course.

  • How do I pay?

    We give you a number of choices of how to pay. If you are aged 19+ then we’ll help you access a 19+ Learning Loan if you and your personal trainer course are eligible. If you choose to pay for your course upfront we will give you a Pay In Full discount. Alternatively, you can secure your place on a course with just a deposit with the balance to be paid before attendance on the practical days. Alternatively you can spread your payments with our interest free finance offer.

    There are no additional hidden costs. Manuals and access to our online portal are included, telephone calls to tutors are at standard rates, workshops and practical assessments are included where applicable.

  • Can I apply for any funding?

    Many of our students successfully apply for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan. We can help you with this. If you are aged 19 years or over and are living in England you are likely to be eligible. A number of our most popular courses qualify for these government loans including our full and part time Personal Trainer courses, the Exercise Referral course and the Sports Massage practitioner course. Ask our course adviser for details on how to apply.

  • How are courses delivered?

    Focus Training recognise that people who are training whilst in employment or training for a career move need the flexibility to learn around full-width their busy schedules. We use a mixture of distance learning and course attendance. Distance learning is an excellent form of learning for people to enable them to study around full-width their day to day life at a pace that suits them and also for people who cannot afford to take a lot of days away from work or home.

    Focus Training provide a team of telephone support tutors who will guide you through the distance learning homework, providing technical support and advice via the telephone or the internet. Our tutors will agree set times for you to be contacted and we also run a help line for you if you get stuck!

    Once the distance learning is complete, you will attend one of our national centres, where you will spend all your time on practical learning, using the latest equipment in the most up to date fitness centres, at locations throughout the UK.

  • What support will I receive?

    We believe that our student support is second to none. Focus Training accepts that it is sometimes difficult for individuals to motivate themselves. Our unique approach to this encompasses regular tutor contact with our students to ensure that the work is completed to the required standard and the student feels supported and encouraged through the whole experience.

    Our tutors are all experienced personal trainers themselves as well as being trained to provide the teaching support that you will need. We know that they will impress you with their knowledge and inspire you with their enthusiasm.

    They pre-plan regular tuition sessions with you through your home study period and will also be available from 9am to 5pm on weekdays should you want to get in touch. In addition you can contact them using Skype, MSN or email.

    We pride ourselves on going the extra mile to enable all students to achieve their best. Should you require additional learning support please talk to us about your requirements.

  • Tell me more about being a Personal Trainer

    We have a whole section of our website dedicated to answering all your questions about becoming a Personal Trainer, from Average Salary Expectations to “what hours can I expect to work”.

    If you can’t find what you need to know here please contact our course advisers who will be very happy to help.

    Start by reading through our Essential Guide Series.

  • How is quality monitored?

    The Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI) now Ofsted, is a government body that grades the quality of adult training providers. The ALI award grades to training providers on a 1-4 scale where 1 is outstanding and 4 is unsatisfactory.

    Focus Training received an overall Grade 1 for the quality of its training provision. The ALI commented that our tuition was outstanding and that our pass rates were excellent. Over 90% of our students gain their chosen qualification.