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 £375.00

  • L3 Exercise Referral Diploma

Exercise Referral Full Diploma £725.00

  • L3 Exercise Referral Diploma
  • L3 Nutrition*

Special Populations Diploma £905.00

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

Ultimate Special Populations Diploma £1255.00

  • L3 Exercise Referral Diploma
  • 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

Course Dates

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  • Exercise Referral

    Location Start Date End Date Actual Attendance Dates Price  
    Doncaster - Rossington

    30.09.17

    01.10.17

    30th Sept, 1st Oct

    £375.00

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    Doncaster - Rossington

    30.09.17

    01.10.17

    30th Sept, 1st Oct

    £375.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    04.11.17

    05.11.17

    4th, 5th Nov

    £375.00

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    London - Hampton

    02.12.17

    03.12.17

    2nd, 3rd Dec

    £375.00

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    York

    09.12.17

    10.12.17

    9th, 10th Dec

    £375.00

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    Cardiff

    20.01.18

    21.01.18

    20th, 21st Jan (2018)

    £375.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    10.02.18

    11.02.18

    10th, 11th Feb (2018)

    £375.00

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    London - Bloomsbury

    24.02.18

    25.02.18

    24th, 25th Feb (2018)

    £375.00

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    Doncaster - Rossington

    17.03.18

    18.03.18

    17th, 18th Mar (2018)

    £375.00

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    Cardiff

    07.04.18

    08.04.18

    7th, 8th Apr (2018)

    £375.00

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    Walsall

    28.04.18

    29.04.18

    28th, 29th Apr (2018)

    £375.00

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    London - Bloomsbury

    19.05.18

    20.05.18

    19th, 20th May (2018)

    £375.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    19.05.18

    20.05.18

    5th, 6th May (2018)

    £375.00

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    York

    26.05.18

    27.05.18

    26th, 27th May (2018)

    £375.00

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    Doncaster - Rossington

    16.06.18

    17.06.18

    16th, 17th June (2018)

    £375.00

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    Cardiff

    14.07.18

    15.07.18

    14th, 15th July (2018)

    £375.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    28.07.18

    29.07.18

    28th, 29th July (2018)

    £375.00

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    Walsall

    04.08.18

    05.08.18

    4th, 5th Aug (2018)

    £375.00

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    London - Bloomsbury

    11.08.18

    12.08.18

    11th, 12th Aug (2018)

    £375.00

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    York

    01.09.18

    02.09.18

    1st, 2nd Sept (2018)

    £375.00

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    Doncaster - Rossington

    15.09.18

    16.09.18

    15th, 16th Sept (2018)

    £375.00

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    Cardiff

    20.10.18

    21.10.18

    20th, 21st Oct (2018)

    £375.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    20.10.18

    21.10.18

    20th, 21st Oct (2018)

    £375.00

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    London - Bloomsbury

    03.11.18

    04.11.18

    3rd, 4th Nov (2018)

    £375.00

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    Walsall

    10.11.18

    11.11.18

    10th, 11th Nov (2018)

    £375.00

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  • Pre and Postnatal

    Location Start Date End Date Actual Attendance Dates Price  
    London - Roehampton

    23.09.17

    23.09.17

    Saturday 23rd September 2017

    £295.00

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    London - Barbican

    23.09.17

    23.09.17

    Saturday 23rd September 2017

    £295.00

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    Cardiff

    23.09.17

    23.09.17

    Saturday 23rd September 2017

    £295.00

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    Manchester - Didsbury

    23.09.17

    23.09.17

    Saturday 23rd September 2017

    £295.00

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    Warrington

    23.09.17

    23.09.17

    Saturday 23rd September 2017

    £295.00

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    Manchester - Hyde

    23.09.17

    23.09.17

    Saturday 23rd September 2017

    £295.00

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    York

    23.09.17

    23.09.17

    Saturday 23rd September 2017

    £295.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    30.09.17

    30.09.17

    Saturday 30th September 2017

    £295.00

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    Walsall

    07.10.17

    07.10.17

    Saturday 7th October 2017

    £295.00

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    Doncaster - Adwick

    07.10.17

    07.10.17

    Saturday 7th October 2017

    £295.00

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    Durham

    14.10.17

    14.10.17

    Saturday 14th October 2017

    £295.00

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    Nottingham University

    14.10.17

    14.10.17

    Saturday 14th October 2017

    £295.00

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    York - Nether Poppleton

    21.10.17

    21.10.17

    Saturday 21st October 2017

    £295.00

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    Warrington

    21.10.17

    21.10.17

    Saturday 21st October 2017

    £295.00

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    London - Hampton

    21.10.17

    21.10.17

    Saturday 21st October 2017

    £295.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    28.10.17

    28.10.17

    Saturday 28th October 2017

    £295.00

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    Dudley

    28.10.17

    28.10.17

    Saturday 28th October 2017

    £295.00

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    Dudley

    28.10.17

    28.10.17

    Saturday 28th October 2017

    £295.00

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    Cardiff

    28.10.17

    28.10.17

    Saturday 28th October 2017

    £295.00

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    York

    28.10.17

    28.10.17

    Saturday 28th October 2017

    £295.00

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    London - Hampton

    28.10.17

    28.10.17

    Saturday 28th October 2017

    £295.00

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    Doncaster - Adwick

    04.11.17

    04.11.17

    Saturday 4th November 2017

    £295.00

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    Durham

    04.11.17

    04.11.17

    Saturday 4th November 2017

    £295.00

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    Durham

    11.11.17

    11.11.17

    Saturday 11th November 2017

    £295.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    18.11.17

    18.11.17

    Saturday 18th November 2017

    £295.00

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    London - Roehampton

    18.11.17

    18.11.17

    Saturday 18th November 2017

    £295.00

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    London - Barbican

    18.11.17

    18.11.17

    Saturday 18th November 2017

    £295.00

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    Manchester - Didsbury

    18.11.17

    18.11.17

    Saturday 18th November 2017

    £295.00

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    London - Hampton

    18.11.17

    18.11.17

    Saturday 18th November 2017

    £295.00

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    London - Barbican

    25.11.17

    25.11.17

    Saturday 25th November 2017

    £295.00

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    Cardiff

    25.11.17

    25.11.17

    Saturday 25th November 2017

    £295.00

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    York

    25.11.17

    25.11.17

    Saturday 25th November 2017

    £295.00

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    Walsall

    02.12.17

    02.12.17

    Saturday 2nd December 2017

    £295.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    09.12.17

    09.12.17

    Saturday 9th December 2017

    £295.00

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    Durham

    09.12.17

    09.12.17

    Saturday 9th December 2017

    £295.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    16.12.17

    16.12.17

    Saturday 16th December 2017

    £295.00

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    Cardiff

    16.12.17

    16.12.17

    Saturday 16th December 2017

    £295.00

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    York

    16.12.17

    16.12.17

    Saturday 16th December 2017

    £295.00

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    London - Hampton

    16.12.17

    16.12.17

    Saturday 16th December 2017

    £295.00

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  • Disabled Clients

    Location Start Date End Date Actual Attendance Dates Price  
  • Older Adults

    Location Start Date End Date Actual Attendance Dates Price  
    London - Roehampton

    23.09.17

    23.09.17

    Saturday 23rd September 2017

    £295.00

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    London - Barbican

    23.09.17

    23.09.17

    Saturday 23rd September 2017

    £295.00

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    Cardiff

    23.09.17

    23.09.17

    Saturday 23rd September 2017

    £295.00

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    Manchester - Didsbury

    23.09.17

    23.09.17

    Saturday 23rd September 2017

    £295.00

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    Warrington

    23.09.17

    23.09.17

    Saturday 23rd September 2017

    £295.00

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    Manchester - Hyde

    23.09.17

    23.09.17

    Saturday 23rd September 2017

    £295.00

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    York

    23.09.17

    23.09.17

    Saturday 23rd September 2017

    £295.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    30.09.17

    30.09.17

    Saturday 30th September 2017

    £295.00

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    Birmingham

    07.10.17

    07.10.17

    Saturday 7th October 2017

    £295.00

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    Walsall

    07.10.17

    07.10.17

    Saturday 7th October 2017

    £295.00

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    Doncaster - Adwick

    07.10.17

    07.10.17

    Saturday 7th October 2017

    £295.00

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    Durham

    14.10.17

    14.10.17

    Saturday 14th October 2017

    £295.00

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    Nottingham University

    14.10.17

    14.10.17

    Saturday 14th October 2017

    £295.00

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    York - Nether Poppleton

    21.10.17

    21.10.17

    Saturday 21st October 2017

    £295.00

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    Warrington

    21.10.17

    21.10.17

    Saturday 21st October 2017

    £295.00

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    London - Hampton

    21.10.17

    21.10.17

    Saturday 21st October 2017

    £295.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    28.10.17

    28.10.17

    Saturday 28th October 2017

    £295.00

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    Birmingham

    28.10.17

    28.10.17

    Saturday 28th October 2017

    £295.00

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    Dudley

    28.10.17

    28.10.17

    Saturday 28th October 2017

    £295.00

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    Cardiff

    28.10.17

    28.10.17

    Saturday 28th October 2017

    £295.00

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    York

    28.10.17

    28.10.17

    Saturday 28th October 2017

    £295.00

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    London - Hampton

    28.10.17

    28.10.17

    Saturday 28th October 2017

    £295.00

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    Doncaster - Rossington

    04.11.17

    04.11.17

    Saturday 4th November 2017

    £295.00

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    Durham

    04.11.17

    04.11.17

    Saturday 4th November 2017

    £295.00

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    Durham

    11.11.17

    11.11.17

    Saturday 11th November 2017

    £295.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    18.11.17

    18.11.17

    Saturday 18th November 2017

    £295.00

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    London - Roehampton

    18.11.17

    18.11.17

    Saturday 18th November 2017

    £295.00

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    London - Barbican

    18.11.17

    18.11.17

    Saturday 18th November 2017

    £295.00

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    Manchester - Didsbury

    18.11.17

    18.11.17

    Saturday 18th November 2017

    £295.00

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    London - Hampton

    18.11.17

    18.11.17

    Saturday 18th November 2017

    £295.00

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    London - Barbican

    25.11.17

    25.11.17

    Saturday 25th November 2017

    £295.00

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    Cardiff

    25.11.17

    25.11.17

    Saturday 25th November 2017

    £295.00

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    York

    25.11.17

    25.11.17

    Saturday 25th November 2017

    £295.00

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    Walsall

    02.12.17

    02.12.17

    Saturday 2nd December 2017

    £295.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    09.12.17

    09.12.17

    Saturday 9th December 2017

    £295.00

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    Durham

    09.12.17

    09.12.17

    Saturday 9th December 2017

    £295.00

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    Manchester - Ashton

    16.12.17

    16.12.17

    Saturday 16th December 2017

    £295.00

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    Cardiff

    16.12.17

    16.12.17

    Saturday 16th December 2017

    £295.00

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    York

    16.12.17

    16.12.17

    Saturday 16th December 2017

    £295.00

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    London - Hampton

    16.12.17

    16.12.17

    Saturday 16th December 2017

    £295.00

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Venues

Birmingham

Bannatyne's Health Club
B1 2JF
see venue

Cardiff

Village Gym
CF14 7EF
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Doncaster – Adwick

Adwick Leisure Centre
DN6 7QF
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Doncaster – Rossington

Ian Wilson Community Sports Village
DN11 0BZ
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Dudley

David Lloyd Dudley
DY5 3YP
see venue

Durham

The Graham Sports Centre
DH1 3SE
see venue

London – Barbican

Thistle City Barbican
EC1V 8DS
see venue

London – Bloomsbury

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

London – Hampton

David Lloyd Hampton
TW2 5JD
see venue

London – Roehampton

Roehampton Sports and Fitness
SW15 4JB
see venue

Manchester – Ashton

Village Gym
OL7 0LY
see venue

Manchester – Didsbury

Waterside Hotel and Leisure Club
M20 5WZ
see venue

Manchester – Hyde

Village Gym
SK14 4QG
see venue

Nottingham University

Jubilee Sports Centre
NG8 1BB
see venue

Walsall

Village Gym
WS2 8TJ
see venue

Warrington

David Lloyd Warrington
WA5 1HH
see venue

York

David Lloyd York
YO10 3LG
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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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