Level 3 Award in Designing Exercise Programmes for Older People (Active IQ)

Learn how to adapt your training methods to the older adult population, including the 70+ age group

Course overview

This is a blended learning course, which means you will have days with your tutor and peers, there is also an element of home study, preparation and revision along with tutor and centre support. Practice and session planning is required to be carried out in your own time in between the training days and leading up to assessment. 

This course focuses on the considerations for safe and effective exercise and how to plan and adapt exercise for this demographic group. With this course you will learn how to adapt your training methods to the older adult population, this includes the 70+ age group.


This course is delivered online via Zoom in real time with your tutor. Zoom login details will be sent in an email with your pre course letter approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the course start date.

Nuffield Health, 3 The Crescent, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8DY United Kingdom

Entry requirements

  • Minimum Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing

Aim / Objectives

The aim of this qualification is for the learner to be able to recognise the skills, knowledge and competence needed to work with independently active, older people in an unsupervised manner.

What you will learn

  • Recognise who ‘independently active, older people’ are in the population
  • The ageing process and demographics
  • The effects of ageing and inactivity on body systems, cognitive function/performance,
    psychological/emotional/social function and wellbeing.
  • The special considerations that must be taken into account when programming and delivering
    exercise for independently active, older people and the benefits of physical activity and exercise to them.
  • How to support and motivate the independently active, older adult in exercise and promote exercise for this section of the population
  • The impact of ageing on the planning and delivery of safe exercise for independently active, older people
  • The components of a pre-exercise consultation with independently active, older people
  • How to plan and adapt exercise, and adapt session instruction, for independently active, older people


  • Case study
  • Worksheet
  • Portfolio of Work

What to do now

  • Complete an online application form, making your deposit or full payment
  • You will be assigned a tutor with regular contact via email or telephone
  • Your training resources will be sent to you in the post
  • You will attend your training days and assessment

What you will achieve

  • YMCA Awards Level 3 Award in Adapting Exercise for Independently Active Older People
  • CPD Points and Certificate
  • 10 CIMSPA Points


£ 349

You can choose to pay the full price upfront, or a deposit followed by the balance before the course starts.

The price includes

  • Registration with the awarding body, Certificate, Course manual and Learner Assessment Portfolio, Initial assessment, training days with tutor as stated.
  • Support from the centre and tutor on course and via email, WhatsApp group and / or Zoom from the start right through to assessment and beyond.
  • A login to our website to access all course materials including handouts, PowerPoints and any additional resources to accommodate your learning.

Upcoming dates

  • 30th January & 6th February 2022
  • 18th September & 25th Sptember 2022

This course runs over 2 days from 9.30 to 5.30 each day

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Level 3 Award in Designing Exercise Programmes for Older People (Active IQ)