Level 3 Exercise Referral

The Active IQ Diploma in Exercise Referral is recognised at Level 3 qualification on the national framework. 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 and common reasons for referral onto a community-based exercise referral scheme.

Prerequisites Learners must hold a Level 2 certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym/Exercise to Music or Aqua) or equivalent or one of the following:

    • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training;
    • Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork;
    • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga

Delegates must be at least 16 years old.

Qualification structure

Delivered over 6 units, learners will complete;

1.     Anatomy & physiology for exercise and health*;

2.     Professional Practice for exercise referral instructors;

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.

* Option to APL these units if successfully completed Level 3 Personal Training


Multiple choice paper (x2)

Learner assessment records (Worksheets)

Learner Achievement portfolio (LAP)

Practical Assessment

Attendance for course content

Delivery methods Online/Blended Learning: Online theory study with practical study and assignments at the University of Bath (timetable below).
Progression routes

Become part of Team Bath Alumni to have the opportunity to register for further continual Professional Development seminars at reduced rates.

Anyone holding a Level 3 GP referral course qualification can progress onto many other different courses including: Level 4 certificate in physical activity and lifestyle strategies for managing low back pain, and Level 4 certificate in physical activity and weight management for obese and diabetic clients – which are offered with us here at Team Bath. Wider career options can be discussed with your tutor once the course is completed.

Course Cost

The Level 3 Diploma in Exercise referral costs £650 (discount available for University of Bath students, staff and alumni). Before booking, please click here to read our course terms and conditions.


Blended Learning Dates

2019 dates now full – 2020 dates to be announced shortly.

How to book

Please contact the Training and Development team via email training-development@bath.ac.uk should you require more information or to be put on our shortlist for 2020 dates.

There are several payment options available. Please click here to read our payments and funding options.

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