Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

Learn how to ensure safe and effective exercise programming for patients with a number of medical conditions and common reasons for referral onto a community-based exercise referral scheme

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. You are also required to bring a participant to the practical assessment.

This is the pre-requisite for the Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Physical Activity and Lifestyle Strategies for Managing Low Back Pain.

This qualification is particularly aimed at Personal Trainers or Advanced Instructors who are seeking to enhance their qualifications, to give advice and prescribe and teach exercises for clients with specific medical conditions. This will give you the qualifications and knowledge you require to work alongside GPs and hospitals.

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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.

Entry requirements

  • Learners must be 18 years or older.
  • You must have a Level 2 qualification in Fitness Instructing (or equivalent)

What you will learn

This qualification comprises six mandatory units:

  1. Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health
  2. Professional Practice for Exercise Referral
  3. Understanding medical conditions for Exercise Referral
  4. Applying the Principles of Nutrition and Physical Activity
  5. Planning Exercise Referral Programmes with Patients
  6. Instructing Exercise with Referred Patients
  7. The signs, symptoms and basic pathology of specific stable conditions
  8. The implications and effects of specific medications relating to those conditions
  9. How to plan, deliver, manage and evaluate a safe, effective and progressive adapted physical activity programme, personalised to individual clients needs and lifestyle
  10. Principles of Nutrition to Physical Activity


  • Worksheets
  • Multiple Choice Theory Papers
  • Formatively observed practical assessment
  • Case study/progressive programme supported by a verbal assessment

What to do now

  • Complete an online application form by clicking on the course dates, make your deposit or full payment
  • You will receive your pre-course study manual in the post
  • You will attend your training days, the practical assessment is on the course

What you will achieve

  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
  • CPD Points and Certificate


£ 625

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

*** Get £50 OFF using the discount code DER50 at checkout ***

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.
  • Mock theory papers.
  • A login to our website to access all course materials including handouts, PowerPoints and any additional resources to accommodate your learning.

Upcoming dates

Thursday 6th & 20th October online Via Zoom

This course runs over 2 days from 10.30am to 4.00pm each day

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Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral