Become a Special Populations Instructor

Special populations are those groups of people who require tailored and specialist support with exercise. These people may be pre/postnatal, older adults, or may suffer from medical conditions like arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity.

When working with special populations it is essential that exercise professional are equipped with advanced knowledge and skills. This allows them to competently and confidently prescribe exercise to improve a client’s health, quality of life, and/or medical condition. Our special populations courses are specifically designed with this in mind.

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packages

Level 3 Exercise Referral Module £425.00

  • L3 Exercise Referral Diploma

Exercise Referral Full Diploma £750.00

  • L3 Exercise Referral Diploma
  • L3 Nutrition*
  • L3 Anatomy and Physiology

Special Populations Diploma £955.00

  • L3 Exercise Referral Diploma
  • L3 Older Adult Award*
  • L3 Pre and Postnatal Award*

Ultimate Special Populations Diploma £1280.00

  • L3 Exercise Referral Diploma
  • L3 Anatomy and Physiology
  • L3 Nutrition*
  • L3 Pre and Postnatal Award*
  • L3 Older Adult Award*

*Home study with remote teaching support
Please note: L3 A+P is included with the Exercise Referral Full Diploma and Ultimate Special Populations Diploma

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  • Exercise Referral

    Location Practical Attendance Dates Price  
    Walsall

    4th, 5th Aug (2018)

    £425.00

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    York

    1st, 2nd Sept (2018)

    £425.00

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    Doncaster – Rossington

    15th, 16th Sept (2018)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    20th, 21st Oct (2018)

    £425.00

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    Cardiff

    20th, 21st Oct (2018)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    3rd, 4th Nov (2018)

    £425.00

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    Walsall

    10th, 11th Nov (2018)

    £425.00

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    Cardiff

    19th, 20th January (2019)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    9th, 10th Feb (2019)

    £425.00

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    York

    16th, 17th Feb (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    23rd, 24th Feb (2019)

    £425.00

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    Doncaster – Rossington

    16th, 17th March (2019)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    13th, 14th April (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    27th, 28th April (2019)

    £425.00

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    Walsall

    27th, 28th April (2019)

    £425.00

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    York

    25th, 26th May (2019)

    £425.00

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    Doncaster – Rossington

    15th, 16th June (2019)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    22nd, 23rd June (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    29th, 30th June (2019)

    £425.00

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    Walsall

    3rd, 4th August (2019)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    17th, 18th August (2019)

    £425.00

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    York

    31st Aug, 1st Sept (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    7th, 8th Sept (2019)

    £425.00

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    Doncaster – Rossington

    14th, 15th Sept (2019)

    £425.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    19th, 20th Oct (2019)

    £425.00

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    Walsall

    9th, 10th Nov (2019)

    £425.00

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    London – City

    2nd, 3rd Nov (2019)

    £425.00

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  • Pre and Postnatal

    Location Exam Date Exam Time Price  
    Manchester – Ashton

    Sat 4th Aug 2018

    9:15

    £295.00

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    London – Hampton

    Sat 4th Aug 2018

    9:15

    £295.00

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    Birmingham

    Sat 4th Aug 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Birmingham

    Sat 4th Aug 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    York

    Sat 11th Aug 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    Sat 11th Aug 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Dudley

    Sat 11th Aug 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Nottingham

    Sat 11th Aug 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    York

    Sat 11th Aug 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    Sat 11th Aug 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Dudley

    Sat 11th Aug 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Dudley

    Sat 18th Aug 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    London – Hampton

    Sat 1st Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Walsall

    Sat 1st Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Doncaster – Adwick

    Sat 1st Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Manchester – Didsbury

    Sat 1st Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Doncaster – Adwick

    Sat 1st Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Manchester – Didsbury

    Sat 1st Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Walsall

    Sat 1st Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    York

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    9:15

    £295.00

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    London – Hampton

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    9:15

    £295.00

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    Cardiff

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    9:15

    £295.00

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    London – Barbican

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Warrington

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Manchester – Didsbury

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Nottingham

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    London – Roehampton

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Brighton

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    London – Barbican

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Manchester – Hyde

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Preston

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    London – Roehampton

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Brighton

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    London – Barbican

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Manchester – Hyde

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Preston

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Warrington

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Nottingham

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Cardiff

    Sat 15th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Cardiff

    Sat 15th Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    York – Nether Poppleton

    Sat 22nd Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Durham

    Sat 22nd Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Bath

    Sat 22nd Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Durham

    Sat 22nd Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Bath

    Sat 22nd Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    York – Nether Poppleton

    Sat 22nd Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Doncaster – Adwick

    Sat 29th Sep 2018

    9:15

    £295.00

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    Walsall

    Sat 29th Sep 2018

    9:15

    £295.00

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    Doncaster – Rossington

    Sat 29th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Brighton

    Sat 29th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Cardiff – Llanishen

    Sat 29th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Birmingham

    Sat 29th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Cardiff – Llanishen

    Sat 29th Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Doncaster – Rossington

    Sat 29th Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Warrington

    Sat 6th Oct 2018

    9:15

    £295.00

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    Preston

    Sat 6th Oct 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Bath

    Sat 13th Oct 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Durham

    Sat 20th Oct 2018

    9:15

    £295.00

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    Doncaster – Rossington

    Sat 20th Oct 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    London – Roehampton

    Sat 20th Oct 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Manchester – Hyde

    Sat 20th Oct 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    York – Nether Poppleton

    Sat 3rd Nov 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Cardiff – Llanishen

    Sat 15th Dec 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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  • Older Adults

    Location Exam Date Exam Time Price  
    Manchester – Ashton

    Sat 4th Aug 2018

    9:15

    £295.00

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    London – Hampton

    Sat 4th Aug 2018

    9:15

    £295.00

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    Birmingham

    Sat 4th Aug 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Birmingham

    Sat 4th Aug 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    York

    Sat 11th Aug 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    Sat 11th Aug 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Dudley

    Sat 11th Aug 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Nottingham

    Sat 11th Aug 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    York

    Sat 11th Aug 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Manchester – Ashton

    Sat 11th Aug 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Dudley

    Sat 11th Aug 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Dudley

    Sat 18th Aug 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    London – Hampton

    Sat 1st Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Walsall

    Sat 1st Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Doncaster – Adwick

    Sat 1st Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Manchester – Didsbury

    Sat 1st Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Doncaster – Adwick

    Sat 1st Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Manchester – Didsbury

    Sat 1st Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Walsall

    Sat 1st Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    York

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    9:15

    £295.00

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    London – Hampton

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    9:15

    £295.00

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    Cardiff

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    9:15

    £295.00

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    London – Barbican

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Warrington

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Manchester – Didsbury

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Nottingham

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    London – Roehampton

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Brighton

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    London – Barbican

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Manchester – Hyde

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Preston

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    London – Roehampton

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Brighton

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    London – Barbican

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Manchester – Hyde

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Preston

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Warrington

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Nottingham

    Sat 8th Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Cardiff

    Sat 15th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Cardiff

    Sat 15th Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    York – Nether Poppleton

    Sat 22nd Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Durham

    Sat 22nd Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Bath

    Sat 22nd Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Durham

    Sat 22nd Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Bath

    Sat 22nd Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    York – Nether Poppleton

    Sat 22nd Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Doncaster – Adwick

    Sat 29th Sep 2018

    9:15

    £295.00

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    Walsall

    Sat 29th Sep 2018

    9:15

    £295.00

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    Doncaster – Rossington

    Sat 29th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Brighton

    Sat 29th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Cardiff – Llanishen

    Sat 29th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Birmingham

    Sat 29th Sep 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Cardiff – Llanishen

    Sat 29th Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Doncaster – Rossington

    Sat 29th Sep 2018

    11:30

    £295.00

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    Warrington

    Sat 6th Oct 2018

    9:15

    £295.00

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    Preston

    Sat 6th Oct 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Bath

    Sat 13th Oct 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Durham

    Sat 20th Oct 2018

    9:15

    £295.00

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    Doncaster – Rossington

    Sat 20th Oct 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    London – Roehampton

    Sat 20th Oct 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Manchester – Hyde

    Sat 20th Oct 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    York – Nether Poppleton

    Sat 3rd Nov 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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    Cardiff – Llanishen

    Sat 15th Dec 2018

    10:30

    £295.00

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Venues

Bath

Bath Sports and Leisure Centre
BA2 4ET
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Birmingham

Bannatyne's Health Club
B1 2JF
see venue

Brighton

David Lloyd Brighton
BN2 5UF
see venue

Cardiff

Village Hotel Cardiff
CF14 7EF
see venue

Cardiff – Llanishen

Bannatyne Health Club & Spa
CF145DU
see venue

Doncaster – Adwick

Adwick Leisure Centre
DN6 7QF
see venue

Doncaster – Rossington

Rossington Community Sports Village
DN11 0BZ
see venue

Dudley

David Lloyd Dudley
DY5 3YP
see venue

Durham

The Graham Sports Centre
DH1 3SE
see venue

Glasgow

David Lloyd Rouken Glen
G467UY
see venue

London – Barbican

Thistle City Barbican
EC1V 8DS
see venue

London – Bloomsbury

Nuffield Health, Fitness & Wellbeing Gym
WC1N 2AY
see venue

London – City

Bannatyne Health Club Tower 42
EC2N1HQ
see venue

London – Hampton

David Lloyd Hampton
TW2 5JD
see venue

London – Raynes Park

David Lloyd Raynes Park
SW20 8TE
see venue

London – Roehampton

Roehampton Sports and Fitness
SW15 4JB
see venue

London – Russell Square

Bannatyne Health Club & Spa Russell Square
WC1H0JR
see venue

Manchester – Ashton

Village Hotel Ashton
OL7 0LY
see venue

Manchester – Didsbury

Waterside Hotel and Leisure Club
M20 5WZ
see venue

Manchester – Hyde

Village Hotel Hyde
SK14 4QG
see venue

Nottingham

Harvey Hadden Sports Village
NG8 4PB
see venue

Preston

Preston Marriot Hotel
PR3 5JB
see venue

Walsall

Village Hotel Walsall
WS2 8TJ
see venue

Warrington

David Lloyd Warrington
WA5 1HH
see venue

York

David Lloyd York
YO10 3LG
see venue

York – Nether Poppleton

Bannatyne's Health Club
YO26 6RL
see venue

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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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