Level 3 Exercise for Disabled Clients

Passionate about health and fitness? Learn how to make exercise inclusive for everybody.

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Level 3 Exercise for Disabled Clients

A highly sought-after qualification that promotes inclusion and enables you to safely and effectively work with disabled clients.

  • Course Type:

    Home Study

  • Time to Qualify:

    2-4 weeks

  • Entry Requirements:

    Level 2 Fitness Instructing

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Book your place for only £100 deposit

Starting from £356.25


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  • Pay in full

    Total payable £356.25 5% discount £18.75
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £50 and 5 x £45 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £375
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Level 3 Exercise for Disabled Clients

Learn how to make exercise inclusive, safe, and effective for clients with disabilities in this highly sought-after exercise for disabled clients qualification.

Course Overview

Recent reports have revealed that 1 in 5 people in the UK has a disability, which equates to around 19% of the total population. It’s also estimated that only 18% of disabled adults undertake physical activity for more than 30 minutes a week, compared to 38% of non-disabled adults. It’s clear that more can be done and as an industry, we all have an obligation to see that changes are made.

Our Level 3 Award in Programming and Supervising Exercise for Disabled Clients, or simply Level 3 Exercise for Disabled Clients, is designed specifically to help fitness professionals be difference-makers. It’s an essential qualification for those looking to better serve an increasingly unrepresented special population.

This Level 3 course provides a great progression route for those who have achieved a Level 2 qualification (Exercise to Music or Gym Instructor). It’s also a valuable CPD opportunity for personal trainers, Pilates instructors, yoga teachers and other fitness professionals to greatly expand the scope of who they can work with.

  • Entry Requirements:

    In order to enrol on this course, you must possess either Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification, either in the context of Gym or Exercise to Music, or qualification in personal training, yoga or Pilates. We also strongly recommend that you have a minimum of three months of teaching experience.

  • Accrediations:

    This course is fully accredited by the YMCA Awards, CIMSPA and the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI). These accreditations mean your qualification is recognised worldwide, so you have a career to last a lifetime, wherever you go.

  • Learning Materials:

    This course is entirely home study, so there's no practical attendance required, however this does not reduce the quality of the content. With expert-developed eLearning content and the finest quality textbooks in the industry, we provide you with all of the facts and evidence-based knowledge you need to have the confidence and skills to support clients with a range of disabilities.

You're in Safe Hands

While this exercise for disabled clients course is entirely online, you're never alone as you're supported by your personal tutor to help you achieve during your course and beyond. That's why you'll be able to have as much contact with them as you wish, with our tutors being available via:

  • Video Call

  • Email

  • Phone

  • Webinar

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What You'll Learn

This Level 3 Award is more than just a qualification, it’s a career enhancer. It will allow you to work a wider client base, while making you considerably more adaptable, marketable and versatile. Working with disabled clients will also prove to be an incredibly worthwhile and rewarding experience.

During your learning journey, here’s just a small selection of what you’ll encounter:

  • Understanding a Range of Disabilities Impairments

    - Models of disability
    - Learning disabilities
    - Limb impairment
    - Spinal injuries
    - Visual and hearing impairment
    - Legislation, initiatives and policies

  • Screening and Assessing Clients with Disabilities

    - Visual and verbal screening
    - Risk stratification
    - Major signs of cardiovascular, pulmonary and metabolic disease
    - Risk stratification
    - Assessments of physical function
    - Assessing current level of physical activity

  • Programme Design for Disabled Clients

    - Aerobic exercise and muscular fitness
    - General exercise guidelines for disability
    - Adapting the guidelines to the specific client needs
    - Exercise intensity and monitoring
    - Ratings of exertion
    - Risk assessments for disabled clients

  • Preparing and Teaching Exercise to Clients with Disabilities

    - Planning exercise for clients with disabilities
    - Recording exercise
    - Managing the exercise environment
    - Chair-based exercise
    - Transitioning between exercises
    - Health and safety

  • Helping Clients with Disabilities to Adopt and Maintain a Physically Active Lifestyle

    - The stages of change model and it's application
    - Assessing a client's stage of change
    - Goal setting and SMART goals
    - Relapse prevention
    - Physical activity counselling
    - Motivational interviewing

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*Images and videos are for illustration purposes and may not depict specific course materials.

One Career. Unlimited Possibilities.

Join our special populations graduates working with some of the world's leading gyms and health clubs, making a positive difference to the lives of clients with a range of specific needs and challenges.

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How You'll be Assessed

In order for you to stand the best chance of passing the course first time, you’ll be continually assessed by our dedicated support tutors and a team of assessors.

The course is assessed in the following ways:

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  • Working with disability
  • Conditions and impairment
  • Planning and adapting exercise


  • Case studies
  • Progressive programming
  • Scenario-based programming
  • Short interview

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