Level 3 Exercise and GP Referral, Harlesden

This OFQUAL regulated personal training course is at level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework. This qualification will allow access to Level 3 on EREPS if all of the other requirements have been met. Please see the EREPS website for further details on entry requirements to Level 4 EREPS. Candidates will train to a professionally competent level.

The qualification aims to equip the learner with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to plan and instruct programmes for exercise referral.

Learners will cover:

  • Knowledge and understanding relating to the qualification:
  • The heart, circulatory system, musculoskeletal system, nervous system, endocrine system, and energy systems and their relation to exercise and health. Posture and core stability.
  • Anatomy and physiology knowledge as applicable to personal training.
  • Nutrition and its application to support a client’s health and physical activity programme
  • How to collect and use information relating to nutrition.
  • The relationship between nutrition and physical activity, the principles and guidelines relating to nutrition and nutritional goal setting with clients, and the nationally recommended practice to provide nutritional advice.
  • The principles of collecting information to plan an exercise referral programme, the principles of risk stratification in exercise referral, and the principles and procedures of record keeping.
  • How to identify goals with exercise referral patients and instruct, adapt and review exercise session with these patients. How to plan, prepare, monitor and adapt an exercise referral programme with patients and understand the importance of long-term behaviour change for these patients.
  • The current healthcare systems in the UK, the exercise referral process, the roles and responsibilities of the professional within an exercise referral scheme, and the role and importance of exercise referral, related policies and key documents.
  • The concept of a patient-centred approach.
  • The clinical features of medical conditions relevant to exercise referral programmes, the relationship between exercise and specified exercise referral medical conditions, the accepted methods for treatment/management of medical conditions relevant to exercise referral programmes, and how to programme safe and effective exercise programmes for patients with specified exercise referral medical conditions.

Skills relating to the qualification

  • Collect and analyse nutritional information and apply the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme.
  • Collect information about exercise referral patients and prepare patients and resources for exercise referral sessions.
  • Instruct, adapt, conclude and review exercise referral sessions. Agree goals, plan, manage, review progress and adapt an exercise referral programme with exercise referral patients.

The YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral is assessed through a combination of internal and external assessment.

  • Learner Assessment Record
  • Assessment Workbook
  • Practical examination/observation

Learners should be 16 plus and must hold one or more of the following:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing or equivalent
  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates
  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga

Future employment possibilities

This qualification can lead to employment as an ‘Exercise Referral Instructor’ or in any role that involves tailoring exercise for people with medical conditions covered by the qualification.

Progression to further/higher level learning

This qualification provides progression to other qualifications at the same and higher levels eg:

  • Level 4 Certificate in Weight Management for Individuals with Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus and/or Metabolic Syndrome
  • Level 4 Certificate in Programming Physical Activity for Individuals with Low Back Pain
  • Level 4 Certificate in Delivering Physical Activity for Individuals with Mental Health Conditions
  • Any Level 4 specialist exercise instructor qualifications

Contact us for more details or see our course offers page to see the amazing packages we have that include this qualification

Practical assessments take place at our designated assessment days which are held nationwide or via self tape.

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