Frequently Asked Questions

Course FAQ

What specific qualifications will I receive if I pass all parts of the course?

You will receive a certificate from the awarding body if you pass all elements of your qualification. This can be:

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training.

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology Studies

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Make-Up Artistry

VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Fashion and Photography Make-Up

Will my hard work be recognised?

Yes, Active IQ are a government approved exercise awarding body within the fitness industry. The certificate you will receive is recognised by Professionals (REPS) and all major gyms in the UK. After successfully completing the qualification, you will be a fully qualified gym instructor/personal trainer.

Who is this qualification aimed at – ‘I don’t have any experience’?

Vita will train you in all aspects of your qualification, whether this be a change of career or upskilling a passion you have – Vita will be there every step of the way.

What are the course hours and days of attendance over the course?


VITA Personal Training offers either an e-Learning route or a manual route for those that are motivated to self-study in their spare time. You will receive on-line access to manuals, videos and other learning material to prepare you for your theory and practical assessments. You will have an online tutor to discuss your progress with and who you can book assessments through. You will need to put in at least an hour of study a day depending on how quickly you progress though the course. Our part time consists of weekend support in the gym and classroom (alternative weekends) in addition to the distant learning model.


All products are provided on the courses and each beauty course lasts between 18 and 24 weeks. Courses are run at local trade stores such as; Salon Services, Capital and Alan Howard. You are taught in a salon environment and you are required to bring a model into your training room (as agreed with your tutor) for you demonstrate the skills you have learnt. Nail Diploma courses have an acrylic and gel kit provided free of charge, Make-Up courses have all products supplied and use reputable products such Airbase Make-up & MUA …to name a few!

Do I need to attend every session?

Our awarding body stipulate courses are run for a certain length of time in order to ensure the Guided Learning Hours are achieved by every learner. Failure to attend days of the course will result in the learner not completing the required assessments within the timescale. It is a quality assurance measure of VITA. If there is an emergency reason why you cannot attend you must inform your tutor at the earliest possible opportunity so that alternative arrangements can be made. Tutor will help if you have holidays etc and plan around you. Each student must have a minimum attendance of 90%.

Who are your tutors?

VITA tutors and assessors are highly regarded in their industry and are passionate about passing on their experience to learners keen to enter the industry. Every member of staff is heavily qualified in their area, worked in the industry and hold professional qualifications – So you’re in good hands! – Please see our tutor profile sections for more information on your tutors.

What sort of things will I learn?

Each qualification has a breakdown of units that are covered – please see the qualifications section of this website for further details.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed against the performance criteria and underpinning knowledge, through a series of theory exams, practical observations, worksheets and case studies.

I’m already level 2 qualified can I take the course?

Yes. Your funding can be reduced and you don’t need to attend every session. Contact the office to discuss how we can support you with your development.

Funding FAQ

Why does it come up with another Training Provider when I put the UKPRN number on to the loan application rather than Vita?

We are subcontractors and they are the prime contract holder. As a result, the funding for your course comes through the Training Provider and is paid to Vita.

When will I have to start making payments on my loan?

Not until April 2017 (or April 2018 if you start in 2017), and then only when you are earning £21000 or more annually. See our funding section for more information and the links to the Advanced Learning Loan website.

Will I have to go through credit checks for my loan?

As these are Government funded learning loans, no credit checks are made. Credit history, employment or household income are not factors and do not impact your application in anyway. Benefits are also not affected as you do less than 16 hours a week.

If I do not have either a passport or a birth certificate, will a driving licence be accepted as proof of identity?

Unfortunately, a valid passport or a certified birth certificate are the only forms of identification that Student Finance England will accept. If you do not have either, you will need to apply for a certified copy of your birth certificate from the registrar of where you were born.

Where do I send my signed Loan Declaration form when completed?

24+ Advanced Learning Loans, PO Box 302, Darlington, DL1 9NQ

Is there a number I can contact Student Finance England on to track the progress of my loan application?

0300 100 0619

Student Finance England have asked me to confirm my National Insurance number, how do I do this?

Either photocopy your National Insurance card, or state your National Insurance number to SFE in a letter. Make sure you include your Customer Reference number, and sign to confirm your National Insurance number. Send to Advanced Learning Loans, PO Box 302, Darlington, DL1 9NQ.