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Pregnant client sitting in an exercise studio
Pregnant client sitting in an exercise studio

Exercise for Every Body

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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
    • Discounted REPs membership
    • 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
    • Discounted REPs membership
    • 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

    Master 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
    • Discounted REPs membership
    • 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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  • Personal trainer working with a client on a lat pull down machine HFE graduates receive a discount when they sign up to REPs
    Personal trainer working with a client on a lat pull down machine HFE graduates receive a discount when they sign up to REPs

    REPs

    The Register of Exercise Professionals is the UK's largest register in the health and fitness industry.

    The Register of Exercise Professionals

    Students are entitled to discounted membership to The Register of Exercise Professionals and easy access to exclusive offers and discounts, insurance, and much more.

  • CV Connect is HFE's exclusive way to connect graduates directly with employers CV Connect is HFE's exclusive way to connect graduates directly with employers
    CV Connect is HFE's exclusive way to connect graduates directly with employers

    CV Connect

    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.

    Get Connected

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

  • HFE graduates receive 12 months on-going career support
    HFE graduates receive 12 months on-going HFE graduates receive 12 months on-going career support

    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 fitness 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.

One Career. Unlimited Possibilities.

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

HFE graduates work with David Lloyd clubs across the countryHFE graduates with at Virgin Active gyms across the countryHFE graduates work at Nuffield Health facilities across the country
HFE graduates work at Bannatyne gyms and health clubs across the countryHFE graduates work with leading budget gym chain Xercise4LessHFE graduates work with popular fitness brand PureGym

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  • Exercise Referral

    Location Practical Attendance Dates Price  
    Cardiff
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    Village Hotel Cardiff
    29 Pendwyallt Road
    , Cardiff, South Wales, CF14 7EF

    31 Aug-1 Sept (2019)

    £425.00

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    York
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    David Lloyd York
    St John's Playing Field
    , York, North Yorkshire, YO10 3LG

    31 Aug-1 Sept (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City
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    Bannatyne Health Club Tower 42
    21B Broad Street
    , London, Greater London, EC2N1HQ

    7-8 Sept (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – Maida Vale
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    Bannatyne Health Club Maida Vale
    4 Greville Road
    , London, Greater London, NW6 5HZ

    28-29 Sept (2019)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton
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    Village Hotel Ashton
    Pamir Drive
    , Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, OL7 0LY

    19-20 Oct (2019)

    £425.00

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    Cardiff
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    Village Hotel Cardiff
    29 Pendwyallt Road
    , Cardiff, South Wales, CF14 7EF

    19-20 Oct (2019)

    £425.00

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    Walsall
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    Village Hotel Walsall
    Tempus Drive
    , Walsall, West Midlands, WS2 8TJ

    9-10 Nov (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City
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    Bannatyne Health Club Tower 42
    21B Broad Street
    , London, Greater London, EC2N1HQ

    23-24 Nov (2019)

    £425.00

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    Leeds
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    David Lloyd Leeds
    Tongue Lane
    , Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4QW

    23-24 Nov (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City
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    Bannatyne Health Club Tower 42
    21B Broad Street
    , London, Greater London, EC2N1HQ

    14-15 Dec (2019)

    £425.00

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  • Pre and Postnatal

    Location Exam Date & Time Price  
    London – Barbican
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    Thistle City Barbican
    Central Street, Clerkenwell
    , London, Greater London, EC1V 8DS

    Sat 7th Sep 2019 - 9:00

    £295.00

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    London – Barbican
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    Thistle City Barbican
    Central Street, Clerkenwell
    , London, Greater London, EC1V 8DS

    Sat 7th Sep 2019 - 9:00

    £295.00

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    Nottingham – Central
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    David Lloyd Nottingham
    Aspley Lane
    , Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG8 5AR

    Sat 7th Sep 2019 - 9:00

    £295.00

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    Manchester – Didsbury
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    Waterside Hotel and Leisure Club
    Wilmslow Road, Didsbury
    , Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 5WZ

    Sat 7th Sep 2019 - 9:00

    £295.00

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    Manchester – Hyde
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    Village Hotel Hyde
    Captain Clarke Road
    , Hyde, Greater Manchester, SK14 4QG

    Sat 7th Sep 2019 - 9:00

    £295.00

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    London – Roehampton
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    Roehampton Sports and Fitness
    Laverstoke Gardens
    , Roehampton, Greater London, SW15 4JB

    Sat 7th Sep 2019 - 9:00

    £295.00

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    London – Barbican
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    Thistle City Barbican
    Central Street, Clerkenwell
    , London, Greater London, EC1V 8DS

    Sat 7th Sep 2019 - 10:15

    £295.00

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    London – Barbican
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    Thistle City Barbican
    Central Street, Clerkenwell
    , London, Greater London, EC1V 8DS

    Sat 7th Sep 2019 - 10:15

    £295.00

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    Manchester – Hyde
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    Village Hotel Hyde
    Captain Clarke Road
    , Hyde, Greater Manchester, SK14 4QG

    Sat 7th Sep 2019 - 10:15

    £295.00

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    Manchester – Didsbury
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    Waterside Hotel and Leisure Club
    Wilmslow Road, Didsbury
    , Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 5WZ

    Sat 7th Sep 2019 - 10:30

    £295.00

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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

    Location Exam Date & Time Price  
    London – Barbican
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    Thistle City Barbican
    Central Street, Clerkenwell
    , London, Greater London, EC1V 8DS

    Sat 7th Sep 2019 - 9:00

    £295.00

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    London – Barbican
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    Thistle City Barbican
    Central Street, Clerkenwell
    , London, Greater London, EC1V 8DS

    Sat 7th Sep 2019 - 9:00

    £295.00

    Book now
    Nottingham – Central
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    David Lloyd Nottingham
    Aspley Lane
    , Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG8 5AR

    Sat 7th Sep 2019 - 9:00

    £295.00

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    Manchester – Didsbury
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    Waterside Hotel and Leisure Club
    Wilmslow Road, Didsbury
    , Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 5WZ

    Sat 7th Sep 2019 - 9:00

    £295.00

    Book now
    Manchester – Hyde
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    Village Hotel Hyde
    Captain Clarke Road
    , Hyde, Greater Manchester, SK14 4QG

    Sat 7th Sep 2019 - 9:00

    £295.00

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    London – Roehampton
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    Roehampton Sports and Fitness
    Laverstoke Gardens
    , Roehampton, Greater London, SW15 4JB

    Sat 7th Sep 2019 - 9:00

    £295.00

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    London – Barbican
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    Thistle City Barbican
    Central Street, Clerkenwell
    , London, Greater London, EC1V 8DS

    Sat 7th Sep 2019 - 10:15

    £295.00

    Book now
    London – Barbican
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    Thistle City Barbican
    Central Street, Clerkenwell
    , London, Greater London, EC1V 8DS

    Sat 7th Sep 2019 - 10:15

    £295.00

    Book now
    Manchester – Hyde
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    Village Hotel Hyde
    Captain Clarke Road
    , Hyde, Greater Manchester, SK14 4QG

    Sat 7th Sep 2019 - 10:15

    £295.00

    Book now
    Manchester – Didsbury
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    Waterside Hotel and Leisure Club
    Wilmslow Road, Didsbury
    , Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 5WZ

    Sat 7th Sep 2019 - 10:30

    £295.00

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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

From course content to progression routes, we've answered the most frequently asked questions about our special populations courses.

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 the elderly and less able clients – this also involves developing a broad understanding of common medical conditions affecting this group of people.

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

Exercise for Disabled Clients promotes inclusion and enables an instructor to effectively work with clients with disabilities.

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.

Recent reports have revealed that in 1 in 5 people in the UK has a disability yet only 18% of adults with a disability undertake more than 30 minutes exercise a week.

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 common progression routes.

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