Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

What Qualifications do I get?

With this course you gain the following qualification:

YMCA Awards Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

 On certification you can apply to work with your local GP referral scheme within your community and leisure facilities. 


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Want to qualify as a Level 3 Exercise Referral Instructor?


Level 3 Exercise Referral Instructor

The following six units must be completed for the full qualification

Unit 1 – Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health (Level 3)

Unit 2 – Professional Practice for Exercise Referral Instructors

Unit 3 – Understanding Medical Conditions for Exercise Referral

Unit 4 – Applying the principles of nutrition and physical activity

Unit 5 – Planning Exercise Referral Programmes with Patients

Unit 6 – Instructing Exercise with Referred Patients

Successful achievement of all six mandatory units must be achieved for the full qualification.

Are there any Prerequisites?

To access the Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral course you must hold either a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym/Exercise to Music or Aqua) or equivalent (including qualifications which give entry to the REPs Physical activity Advisor category) or one of the following

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

How do I book?

Stage 1. You can either complete the contact form by clicking here  ,or you can scroll down the page and click on the book course which will open up a new page. Once we have received your contact information we will email the enrolment documents to complete.

You can also telephone and we will start the process by emailing you the documents.

Stage 2. Once we have received all documents and payment you will receive the resources for the course. This will take approximately a week to process. If you would like to use our interest free payment plan please ask as details will then be emailed to you.

Stage 3. You can start learning once you have received all resources. You will  be guided how to start and what is required. You will be provided with your tutor contact details.

Stage 4. You will be emailed the course schedule which will give you the venue address and requirements.

We are happy to answer any questions you have so please do ask.

Total Qualification Time

380 hours

This is an estimate of the total amount of time this qualification will take to achieve.

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Learning Course Stages

Stage 1 –Once you have enrolled onto the course you will be provided with your learning resources.

Stage 2 – You will receive your learning resources for the course. This process can take up to 5 working days to process. You will also be provided with your tutor details who will contact you.

Stage 3 –You can start to  study using the resources. Your tutor will support you through the course.  Using the hard copy manual will allow you to make notes as you work. When you are ready you submit your work for marking. 

Stage 4 We will provide you with a list of assessment dates for the theory papers, you then choose the dates you wish to attend from the list. We offer weekday and weekend choices. The practical assessment dates will be arranged with your tutor on the course.

Stage 5 – Once all units have passed and your work has been through our quality assurance process your certificate will be requested from the awarding body.  Once we receive your certificate we will post to you.

We look forward to supporting you through your learning.

How will I be assessed?

To achieve the qualification you must complete and pass the following:

  • Learner Assessment Record
  • Assessment Workbook
  • Multiple Choice Theory papers
  • Practical examination
  • Portfolio of evidence

There is no charge for reassessments

You can start studying at home once enrolled!

Course Dates 

July 2021

Please note you can start learning once you are enrolled then attend these dates:

  • Thursday 22nd July 10am -4pm – remote learning via zoom with your tutor
  • Thursday 12th August  10am -4pm – remote learning via zoom with your tutor
  • Assessment to be arranged on the course   
September 2021

Please note you can start learning once you are enrolled then attend these dates:

  • Sunday 12th September 10am -4pm – remote learning via zoom with your tutor
  • Sunday 19th September  10am -4pm – remote learning via zoom with your tutor
  • Assessment to be arranged on the course

Course Cost


Regular Price £450.00 

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If you would like to use the payment plan option you can pay the deposit by clicking here. We then set up direct debit payment plan for the remaining payments. These are 0% payment plans and details available on request.

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Awarding body

The Awarding body for our Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral qualification is YMCA Awards.  Once you have achieved all elements of the qualification and the quality assurance process has been completed your nationally recognised certificate will be processed. 



GP Referral Diploma Course

It will provide you 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. N.B. This syllabus does not qualify learners to prescribe an exercise programme for a patient entering Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation.


GP Referral Diploma

A must if working with older adults.


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“I would recommend SMART Qualifications to anyone. From the point of my initial enquiry, Suzanna and her team were quick to reply,  and most importantly to me, they were well organised. Claire, my tutor gave excellent feedback and offered ongoing support. I wanted to work through my qualification quickly and they wholeheartedly supported this.

I thoroughly enjoyed working through my GP Referral Diploma with SMART and found the online component easy to use and emailing the LAP or portfolio to Tutor and the DVD assessment, just made the whole process quicker and much easier. Rather than the queueing at the Post Office everytime you submit, that I was used to. 

A fantastic experience, from start to finish. Thank you.

Jenny – Hertfordshire

From the first conversation that I had with Suzanna I felt relaxed and confident that I would enjoy participating in Smart qualifications courses. Since then I have completed 3 courses and hope to complete many more. All were delivered in a professional, easy to follow format. Sections marked and returned promptly and electronically, as were all certificates. New friends and contacts made. Nothing is ever too much trouble and help and advice given all the way. Totally recommend using Smart qualifications thank you Suzanna and Claire. 

Amanda – Rutland


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