Level 3 Exercise Referral
Make a difference to the lives of clients living with chronic illnesses and conditions with the industry-leading expert-delivered GP referral course
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.
Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology and Level 3 Nutrition
This exercise referral course is designed to help fitness professionals implement effective changes and management strategies for clients with chronic illnesses and conditions. This GP referral course is an essential qualification for progressing to Level 4.
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.
There are an extensive range of exercise referral programmes around the country to which GP’s frequently make referrals into. Typically, exercise referral schemes are commissioned based on a local or regional health needs and priorities (e.g. soaring levels of obesity, diabetes or other long-term health conditions) and exercise referral instructors work with patients for a defined period of time to help them become more active and make better food choices.
The role of an exercise instructor can vary considerably depending on the scheme that they are working in, their specific job role, and their level of training and qualification. However, broadly speaking, GP referral instructors are tasked with helping their clients become more actively independent and invested in staying active once they leave the scheme.
Regular exercise and physical activity can have a significant effect on reducing a person’s risk profile for a wide range of chronic health conditions (e.g. heart disease, strokes, diabetes). For those that already have these conditions, controlled exercise can help to improve symptoms and reduce the need for pharmacology (medication and drugs). Ultimately, this is the goal of an exercise referral programme.
If you’d like to work with people affected by a range of complex health conditions, helping them regain control of the health and independence, then a career in exercise referral could be just for you.
Our exercise referral programme is delivered in a blended learning format, combining supported home study with weekend practical attendance. Our qualification is the only GP Referral Course in the UK that actually includes content delivered by a highly qualified and respected general Practitioner. If you want to excel in this profession, you’re in the right place with HFE.
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, within the past 5 years, then you’re all set. If you're missing either prerequisite element, our friendly careers team is on hand to assist you with your options.
Fully accredited by YMCA Awards, our GP referral course is also recognised by 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. Upon enrolment, you'll have access to our online student system which contains all of your learning materials, so you can start studying today. Alongside this, we'll provide you with a course study guide to structure your learning into a manageable format. You'll also have access to our superior training manuals in print and digital versions so you can be sure you have everything you need in your course and exercise referral career.
We supply a range of exercise referral courses and qualifications to a variety of commercial clients, some of which are featured below. Our team are therefore well placed to ensure that your journey in exercise referral gets off on the right foot.
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.