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Level 3 Exercise Referral for Health Management

Learn best practices to work with clients with common medical conditions


VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

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Course Overview

This blended learning course looks to build on the knowledge gained via Level 3 Personal Trainer or Level 3 Pilates qualifications. This will enable learners to support clients with certain common medical conditions covered in the qualification, such as obesity, asthma, and hypertension.

The course is aimed at health practitioners looking to work in a chronic disease remit, and fitness professionals looking to either expand their client base or wanting to work within and alongside exercise referral or physical activity interventions.

Students will receive a pre-reading manual and will be given 8 weeks to study this before attending a 3-day practical workshop, followed by a 1-day practical assessment 4 weeks later.

Entry requirements

All students will need to hold the following:

  • A valid Anatomy and Physiology qualification at Level 3,
  • A valid Nutrition and Weight Management qualification at Level 3
  • Have experience at working with clients

Awarding bodies

This course is in accordance with new Occupational Standards as set by Skills Active and the Joint Consultative Forum in 2012.

Included Qualifications

  • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

Included Training

This course covers a wide range of topics related to health and physical activity, combining online flexible learning with vital practical skills and assessments. Students will understand behaviour management, client appraisals, and appropriate fitness testing while being able to undertake practical applications of the theory.

What you'll learn

Level 3 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology (or equivalent)

This module will give you an understanding of the essential systems in the body, and their links to overall health and exercise.

Applying the principles of nutrition and exercise to referral clients

This will give you a practical understanding of how nutrition principles apply to exercise . You will be able to use information about nutrition and be able to set goals with clients.

Professional practice for exercise referral instructors

This is a key module to understand how the health care system works in relation to exercise referrals, and how to monitor the progress of clients.

Understanding Medical conditions for Exercise referral

Understanding the key features of certain medical conditions such as obesity and asthma, and know how these conditions are treated by specific exercise referrals.

Planning exercise referral programmes

This module will give you a practical understanding of the applications of exercise referral from preparation to execution . This will also cover goal setting with clients and adapting plans to fit the client's needs.

Instructing exercise with referred clients (practical assessment)

This is the practical assessment demonstrating your understanding of important features of exercise referral sessions, and how to review and adapt sessions to suit the client.

Instructing exercise with referred clients (case study)

Being able to plan the resources necessary and a subsequent evaluation of the clients performance and the success of the exercises to meet the client's needs

Learning & Assessment

This is a blended learning course that gives a thorough understanding of how to set up and run exercise referral schemes. You will receive a comprehensive workbook for pre-course reading and attend a 3-day theory and practical course.

Assessment Methods

The assessment consists of a VTCT learner achievement portfolio - worksheets, a case study, 2 x MCP exams, and a formative practical assessment/review 4 weeks after the practical workshop. The final portfolio and case study have to be submitted at the practical assessment.


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Enhance Your Career

Having this course will allow you to grow your client base and expand into working with GP referrals.

By completing this course, students should be able to charge a higher hourly rate for their skilled service. As with personal training, they could earn between £30-£50 per hour privately or within a gym OR possible salaried NHS based work ranging from around £15k - £27k depending on role, experience, salary banding and location.

GP Referrals

With this qualification you will be able to:

  • Work with clients for GP referrals
  • Work in health clubs, clinics, and private medical facilities
  • Build rapport with GPs, leading you to be the desired choice and grow your client base.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you give me support for my online programmes?

Yes, our extensive Tutor Support team are on hand by phone, email and Facebook to answer any questions that you may have about your training to ensure you are always fully supported and on track.

I have a sports science/dance degree can I miss out any elements?

You may have some advantages when studying our personal training course if you have a sports science or dance degree.

Contact our Career Advisers on the numbers at the top of this page and we can discuss your prior qualifications.

Will I be able to work with the NHS with this Exercise Referral course

Yes, this course allows you to work with the NHS by establishing contacts with your local GP's and accepting referred clients.

How long will the course take? How many hours should I study for per week?

We would ask how much time can you dedicate to your study? The more time available, the quicker you can complete your course. If you don’t have lots of time, we advise taking it step-by-step.