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About the course

This qualification will equip you with the knowledge and skills to ensure safe and effective exercise programming for patients with a number of medical conditions and common reasons for referral on to a community-based exercise referral scheme. This accredited achievement is valued and recognised by employers and can assist learners to increase their career opportunities, progression and earning potential.

The qualification has been designed for individuals who wish to work and/or seek employment as fitness instructors and design and implement programmes of exercise for referred patients, as well as those considering a career in health and wellbeing in relation to physical activity for medically referred patients. Individuals already working in the active leisure sector wishing to enhance career progression opportunities would also benefit from this qualification.

Entry requirements

You must hold either 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.

Successful achievement of this qualification will provide entry to the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) as a practitioner (exercise and fitness). Launched in 2011, CIMSPA is the professional development body for the UK's sport and physical activity sector. CIMSPA was awarded Chartered status by the Privy Council, which came into effect at the beginning of 2012. CIMSPA provides leadership, support and empowerment for professionals working in sport and physical activity, and a single unified voice for the sector.

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This course is currently only available as an internal option for specific degree pathways.

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What you'll study

During the qualification, learners will cover:

  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health
  • Professional practice
  • Medical conditions for exercise referral
  • Nutrition
  • How to plan exercise referral programmes
  • How to instruct exercise with referred patients


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