Exercise referral

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

Aimed at those seeking to enhance their knowledge and work with special populations 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.

Entry Criteria: 16+, a good understanding of both written and spoken English. 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.

Duration: Online theory study with practical study and assignments at the University of Bath (blended learning).

Next course dates: TBC.

Price structure: £650 (discount available for University of Bath students, staff and VAST alumni). Please click here to see our payments and funding page for more information.

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Course syllabus and assessment

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.

Assessment: Multiple-choice paper (x2); learner assessment records (worksheets); Learner Achievement Portfolio (LAP); practical assessment; attendance for course content.


Please email training-development@bath.ac.uk for further details.

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