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

Level 3 Exercise Referral

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Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma

£425.00

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  • Pay in full

    Total payable £403.75 5% discount £21.25
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £55 and 5 x £54 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £425
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Discover a course designed to help fitness professionals work with clients and manage chronic illnesses and conditions. This is an essential qualification for progressing to Level 4 and beyond.

  • Course type

    Blended learning

  • Time to qualify

    8-10 weeks

  • Entry requirements

    See below

  • Accreditations

    YMCA Awards are HFE's awarding body HFE's fitness courses and qualifications are fully endorsed by REPs HFE's fitness courses and qualifications are endorsed by CIMSPA

Learn More About This Exercise Referral Course

Intro

While the UK’s average life expectancy continues to rise, so does the prevalence of chronic illnesses and conditions like heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, obesity, diabetes and asthma. In order to meet the ever complex needs of the nation, today’s health and fitness professionals must have a solid understanding of these conditions, the impact they have on individuals and the most effective forms of treatment.

Exercise referral, or GP referral as it’s also known, enables exercise professionals to better serve existing clients, branch out to new people and work with organisations, such as the NHS, who refer clients.

Fully accredited by YMCA Awards, our GP referral course is also recognised by both REPs and CIMSPA. Not only is it an effective way to enhance a CV, but if you have your sights set on becoming a Level 4 exercise specialist then this Level 3 qualification is a prerequisite.

To really engage you as a learner and bring this course to life, we’ve enlisted one of the country’s foremost GPs to present an innovative series of video lectures. This is backed up by unlimited tutor support, access to our online student system, and bespoke manuals.

What You'll Learn

Becoming a leading exercise referral specialist takes a certain level of commitment and the right blend of specialised knowledge and skills.

The following is by far an exhaustive list, but here are some of the topics you’ll encounter while studying exercise referral:

  • Professional Practice

  • Assessing Referred Clients

  • Communicating With and Supporting Referred Clients

  • Planning Exercise for Referred Clients

  • Teaching and Monitoring Exercise

  • Pathology of Chronic Conditions*

The conditions you’ll learn about include:

  • Asthma
  • Osteoporosis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Depression, stress and anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Hypercholesterolemia and hypertension

Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology and Level 3 Nutrition also make up part of this course. If you’ve already completed these as part of another course or discipline, for example, personal training, you won’t need to repeat them.

How You'll Be Assessed

The course is comprised of various components that will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your GP referral knowledge in a range of practical and theoretical ways.

  • Worksheet 1

    Professional Practice

  • Worksheet 2

    Planning Exercise for Referred Clients

  • Worksheet 3

    Teaching and Monitoring Exercises

  • Case Study

    Conducted on a real person with a minimum of two controlled medical conditions

  • Practical Assessment

    Perform a consultation and plan a session for a hypothetical client

  • Invigilated Assessment

    Medical conditions and activity guidelines tables

Entry Requirements

As a minimum, you’ll need to have previously completed Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology and Level 3 Nutrition. If you’re a qualified personal trainer or you’ve studied these units as a part of another course then you’re all set.

If you haven’t, our Careers team is on hand if you’re missing either prerequisite element.

Timetable

Before your practical weekend, we recommend you undertake 8-10 weeks of home study. During this period you’ll have ample opportunity to watch our video lectures, presented by a leading GP, get familiar with LES (the Learner Engagement System) and read your bespoke manuals.

  • Day 1

    You'll gain experience of consulting with referred clients and then put this into practice by performing a consultation on a hypothetical client

  • Day 2

    As part of your final assessments, you'll be assessed while teaching exercise to a hypothetical client

There are also two invigilated worksheets that require, these are: medical conditioning and an activity guidelines table – these must be taken separately to the two-day practical weekend, and your support tutor will be able to help arrange a suitable date at one of our venues.

For a detailed breakdown of everything involved with our exercise referral course, call our Careers team on 0800 612 4067.

Upgrade Your Exercise Referral Qualification

Take your qualification further by combining it with others, saving money and benefiting from exclusive extras like videos, career support and job opportunities.

  • Exercise Referral Full Diploma

    £750.00

    Become the go-to instructor and get involved with the medical community by helping clients manage chronic illnesses and conditions.

    Exercise referral student taking a blood pressure reading

    Courses

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

    £955.00

    Train more clients, tackle more conditions and make more of a difference with this advanced referral diploma.

    Exercise referral instructor working with an older man in the gym

    Courses

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

    £1280.00

    Lead the way. A diploma designed to make you a credible, world-class instructor at the forefront of making a difference in the community.

    Doctor using a stethoscope

    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
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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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