Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral


Help positively impact the lives of those living with chronic illness and long term health conditions with the Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral.

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Qualification details

The Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral is the pathway to working within the area of Exercise Referral.  This qualification, sometimes referred to as GP Referral,  gives you an in-depth insight into the exercise referral process as well as an understanding of various medical conditions and their implications for exercise. The Diploma now includes the Level 3 Award in Nutrition. 

This qualification is designed for those teachers who wish to work alongside health care providers such as the NHS and teach special populations such as clients with disabilities. The Level 3 in Pilates or Personal Training is a pre-requisite for the course.

The qualification is accredited by Active IQ and fully endorsed by CIMSPA.

As the qualification is a home study programme, extensive tutor support is given.

What you will learn

  • Professional practice for exercise referral instructors
  • Understanding medical conditions for exercise referral, such as arthritis, diabetes, mental health issues, joint replacement surgeries, hypertension and more
  • Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme
  • Planning exercise referral programmes with patients
  •  Instructing exercise with referred patients.


Assessment: This is a home study programme with extensive tutor support. Assessments include written questions, a case study & practical observation to be submitted by video.

Cost: £400 (incl VAT)

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