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Special Populations Courses

Today's exercise professionals must be equipped with the skills to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population, including older adults, pregnant women, and clients with disabilities.

  • Exercise referral student taking a blood pressure reading Exercise referral student taking a blood pressure reading

    Exercise Referral Full Diploma

    £750.00

    Courses

    • Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma
      • Level 3 Nutrition for Physical Activity
      • Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology

    Key Content

    • Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health
    • Pathophysiology of a Range of Medical Conditions
    • Medications, Effects and Contraindications
    • Nutritional Strategies for Health, Exercise and Physical Activity
    • Consultation Skills and Motivation Strategies
    • Teaching Exercise to Referred Clients

    Extras

    • CV Connect
    • 12 months ongoing career support
    • 8-10 weeks to qualify
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    Payment Options

    • Pay in full

      Total payable £712.50 5% discount £37.50
    • 6 month payment plan

      1 x £85 and 5 x £83 Minimum deposit £250 Total payable £750
  • Exercise referral instructor working with an older man in the gym Exercise referral instructor working with an older man in the gym

    Special Populations Diploma

    £955.00

    Courses

    • Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma
    • Level 3 Exercise for Older Adults
    • Level 3 Pre and Postnatal Exercise Instructor

    Key Content

    • Pathophysiology of a Range of Medical Conditions
    • Medications, Effects and Contraindications
    • Medicolegal Considerations in Exercise Referral
    • Consultation Skills and Motivation Strategies
    • Adapting and Teaching Exercise to Older Adults
    • Adapting and Teaching Exercise to Pre and Postnatal clients

    Extras

    • CV Connect
    • 12 months ongoing career support
    • 12-14 weeks to qualify
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    Payment Options

    • Pay in full

      Total payable £907.25 5% discount £47.75
    • 6 month payment plan

      1 x £120 and 5 x £117 Minimum deposit £250 Total payable £955
  • Doctor using a stethoscope Doctor using a stethoscope

    Ultimate Special Populations Diploma

    £1280.00

    Courses

    • Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma
      • Level 3 Nutrition for Physical Activity
      • Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology
    • Level 3 Pre and Postnatal Exercise Instructor
    • Level 3 Exercise for Older Adults

    Key Content

    • Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health
    • Pathophysiology of Various Diseases and Medical Conditions
    • Nutrition for Exercise, Health and Physical Activity
    • Motivational Strategies and Consultation Skills
    • Planning, Teaching and Adapting Exercise for Older Adults
    • Planning, Teaching and Adapting Exercise for Pre and Postnatal Clients

    Extras

    • CV Connect
    • 12 months ongoing career support
    • 14-16 weeks to qualify
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    Payment Options

    • Pay in full

      Total payable £1216 5% discount £64
    • 6 month payment plan

      1 x £175 and 5 x £171 Minimum deposit £250 Total payable £1280
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    As soon as you complete a course with HFE you'll unlock CV Connect, the new way to instantly connect you directly with the UK's leading gyms and health clubs.

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    Using CV Connect is as simple as uploading your CV, selecting the employers in your area and pressing send.

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    Career Support

    Our tutors have been there and seen it all before, so they're in prime position to guide you as you begin your personal training journey.

    12 Months of Expert Guidance

    The course is over but support continues, we're here to offer 12 months ongoing career advice if you need it.

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Join our special populations graduates working with some of the world's leading gyms and health clubs.

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  • Exercise Referral

    Location Practical Attendance Dates Price  
    Cardiff – Llanishen

    19-20 Jan (2019)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    9-10 Feb (2019)

    £425.00

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    York

    16-17 Feb (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – Russell Square

    2-3 March (2019)

    £425.00

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    Doncaster – Rossington

    16-17 Mar (2019)

    £425.00

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    Cardiff

    6-7 Apr (2019)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    13-14 Apr (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    27-28 Apr (2019)

    £425.00

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    Walsall

    27-28 Apr (2019)

    £425.00

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    York

    25-26 May (2019)

    £425.00

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    Doncaster – Rossington

    15-16 Jun (2019)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    22-23 Jun (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    29-30 Jun (2019)

    £425.00

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    Cardiff

    13-14 Jul (2019)

    £425.00

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    Walsall

    3-4 August (2019)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    17-18 August (2019)

    £425.00

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    York

    31 Aug-1 Sept (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    7-8 Sept (2019)

    £425.00

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    Doncaster – Rossington

    14-15 Sept (2019)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    19-20 Oct (2019)

    £425.00

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    Cardiff

    19-20 Oct (2019)

    £425.00

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    Walsall

    9-10 Nov (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    23-24 Nov (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    14-15 Dec (2019)

    £425.00

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  • Pre and Postnatal

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  • Disabled Clients

    Location Practical Attendance Dates Price  
    Home Study

    All you need to is complete the case study and VIVA interview

    £375.00

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  • Older Adults

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You Deserve the Best

And so do your clients... that's why our courses are designed and delivered by a team of clinical and technical experts.

Your Route to Special Populations Success

We're with you every step of the way. Fanatical support, excellent resources and real employment opportunities as standard.

Home Study

Personalised Tutor Support

Unlimited phone and email support at your fingertips

Student Manuals

Print and digital manuals, via the HFE app, available as standard

Mock Tests

An extensive range of tests to prepare you for your theory exams

Online Video Lectures

Go in-depth and get the online classroom experience at home

Face-to-Face

Theory Workshops

Maximise your knowledge with the help of our expert course tutors

Practical Workshops

Discover how to apply your newfound knowledge in a live fitness instructing environment

Complete Assessments

Throughout your course you'll complete online, theory and practical assessments

Achieve Qualification

Upon completion of the programme, you'll be awarded with an internationally-recognised qualification

Career Progression

CV Connect

Our graduates get the exclusive opportunity to put their CV in front of 100s of employers

Career Guidance

The course is over but support continues, we're here to offer 12 months ongoing career advice if you need it

Partner Support

We've secured a range of exclusive discounts on insurance, supplements, equipment and more

FAQs

Do I need any previous qualifications?

These qualifications are designed for current fitness professionals, therefore you will need to hold a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction. Additionally, once you have completed your qualification, you can only teach exercise in the context of your qualifications (gym, exercise to music, circuit training etc).



If you are considering the Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral, we also recommend that you hold a Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training – while this isn’t mandatory, it will help you greatly with the programme and will enable you to focus exclusively on the medical conditions element of the course. The exercise referral course cost does not include the Anatomy and Nutrition modules which must also be completed to achieve this qualification.

Can I combine different special populations courses?

Absolutely – this is quite common. With diseases relating to inactivity being at almost epidemic levels, more and more people are now in need of specialist exercise advice. Many of these people may in fact present more than one medical condition, so it’s wise to develop a broad and deep understanding in this area.



Our all-inclusive Special Populations Diploma is a programme which offers the greatest value. This combines Level 3 Exercise Referral, Level 3 Pre and Postnatal and Level 3 Exercise for Older Adults into a single competitively priced package.

What will I learn on my special populations course?

This ultimately depends on the pathway and courses that you select. Generally speaking:



Exercise Referral is concerned with planning and structuring exercise for clients that have been referred to an exercise professional from their GP, and requires a deep understanding of a wide-range of medical conditions, including: obesity, diabetes, low back pain, arthritis, high cholesterol, stress, anxiety and high blood pressure.



Exercise for Older Adults is concerned with adapting exercise programmes to the specific needs of elderly and less able clients – this also involves developing a broad understanding of common medical conditions affecting this group of people.



The Exercise for Pre and Postnatal clients explores how exercise can benefit pregnant women and new mothers, and what is and isn’t appropriate.



To get an in-depth look at what each course entails, click on the relevant course page below.

Will I be able to find work once I've qualified?

The demand for those who have the knowledge to work with special populations has never been higher. To give some context: between 1985 and 2015, the number of UK citizens aged 65 or over increased by 20% to 10.3 million; there are approximately 600,000 registered births every year; and the World Health Organisation (WHO) continues to report that obesity is a worldwide epidemic.



Due to these growing trends, finding clients affected by the above statistics has perhaps never been easier.

Are these recognised qualifications?

All of our special populations courses are certificated by YMCA Awards, the industry's most widely sought after awarding body. These programmes are also accredited by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) who issue 20 CPD points per course for those who graduate – furthermore, it is possible to achieve Level 3 status with REPs after completing the Exercise Referral Diploma.

What progression routes are available once I qualify?

A popular progression route is to combine special populations qualifications with something like yoga and Pilates because many exercises for both of these disciplines can be adapted to a person's individual physical needs.



Level 3 Exercise Referral is a prerequisite for Level 4 exercise specialist qualifications, such as Low Back Pain and the Obesity and Diabetes Certificate – these are also a common progression routes.

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