Level 3 Exercise Referral

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This qualification is designed to provide learners with the knowledge to ensure safe and effective exercise programming for patients with a number of medical conditions. It also covers the common reasons for referral on to a community-based exercise scheme.

Course Information

There is a continuing rise to the UK’s average life expectancy, however,
there is also a rise in the amount of people suffering with chronic illnesses
and conditions like heart disease and obesity.

It is imperative that health and fitness professionals have a sound
understanding of such conditions and the impact these can have on the
individual. The Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral will enable students to
work with and better support existing clients but also branch out and work with
organisations such as the NHS.

Course is a mixture of theory and practical based units.


Units / Modules

Learners must have L3 Personal Training qualification as a pre-requisite that has covered the following two units:. Anatomy & Physiology for Exercise and Health (A/600/9051) and Applying the Principles of Nutrition to a Physical Activity Programme (L/600/9054). Four units will be covered within the qualification: Professional Practice for Exercise Referral Instructors; Understanding Medical Conditions for Exercise Referral; Planning Exercise Referral Programmes with Patients; Instructing Exercise with Referred Patients.

Entry Requirements

As a prerequisite, learners must hold a Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.

Career Progression

Specialised courses around exercise referral i.e. cancer rehabilitation; exercise referral for specific controlled conditions; weight management for individuals with obesity or diabetes; programming for individuals with low back pain. Progression onto Level 3/4 Massage Therapy or working in the industry.

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Course Details


18 weeks

Study Type

Part time

Start Date


Course Code


Course Fee (16-18)

No fee

Course Fee (Adult)

£2,225   You may be entitled to support with fees. Click here for more info.

School of Sport Science & Exercise
Leeds City College
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