VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

Qualification Information

Sector: Sports, Active Health and Fitness Category: Specialist Exercise Instructor
VTCT Product Code: AF30401 GLH: 242 Age Restriction: 19
Qualification Number: 600/4756/2 Units: 6 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2024
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 38

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral is a technical level qualification that provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as an exercise referral instructor, planning and delivering safe and effective programmes for patients with a number of medical conditions.

Why is this qualification most suitable?

Learners must one of the qualification below, or equivalent qualifications which give entry to the Register of Exercise Professionals:

- VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym, Exercise to Music or Aqua)
- VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates
- Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga

What does this qualification cover?

The content of this qualification is comprised of all the required elements to work effectively as an exercise referral instructor which includes: anatomy and physiology for exercise and health, professional practice, nutrition and understanding of medical conditions and reasons for referral. Learners will also be able to plan and deliver, safe and effective exercise programmes for individuals with specific medical conditions. The qualification consists of 6 mandatory units.

What could this qualification lead to?

On successful completion of this qualification you will be able to gain employment as an exercise referral instructor and will be eligible for registration onto the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at Level 3.

Learners can progress onto specialist level 4 instructor qualifications such as low back pain and obesity and diabetes.

This qualification is fully endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

Qualification Structure

Mandatory Group - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 6 components and earn a minimum of 38 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV30536 A/600/9051 Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health 3 6 43
UV30539 L/600/9054 Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme 3 6 40
UV31355 D/503/7494 Planning exercise referral programmes with patients 3 8 52
UV31357 Y/503/7493 Professional practice for exercise referral instructors 3 2 14
UV31358 L/503/7491 Instructing exercise with referred patients 3 9 58
UV41356 R/503/7492 Understanding medical conditions for exercise referral 4 7 35

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.


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Centres approved to run this qualification

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Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Alpha Gateway College 02085271627 Visit website Durham
Green Labyrinth Training - Durham 01793 236245 Visit website Durham
Tameside College 0161 908 6789 Visit website Greater Manchester - Tameside
Future Fit Training Ltd 01329 823400 Visit website Hampshire
Kent Sports Academy Limited 01233 641000 Visit website Kent
Bay Leadership Academy 01524 416830 Visit website Lancashire
Green Labyrinth Training - Preston 01793 236245 Visit website Lancashire
Specialist Trade courses - Origin Rainham 01782 499227 Visit website London - Havering
LionHeart In The Community (LITC) 020 3397 0303 Visit website London - Lambeth
Green Labyrinth Training - Middlesbrough 01797 236245 Visit website North Yorkshire - Middlesbrough
Green Labyrinth Training - Ashington 01797 236245 Visit website Northumberland
Enabling Development Opportunities Ltd - Hednesford 01543 458580 Visit website Staffordshire
TherapyFit Training Academy 0330 122 7517 Visit website West Midlands
Uni Learning 028 9590 2890 Visit website Belfast
WRIGHT Foundation CIC 01307 469055 Visit website By Forfar