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Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

Exercise referral specialists tailor fitness programmes to support those with chronic physical conditions or illnesses in order to improve their health and well-being. They will take referrals from GPs, the NHS and private medical practitioners respectively. 

The Level 3 course will train you to work with patients suffering from a variety of health conditions. The knowledge and skills acquired on this qualification will allow you to create safe and effective training programmes that aid rehabilitation and recovery. 

What can follow is a well-paid, enjoyable and incredibly rewarding career.

Entry Requirements:

Level 2 Gym Instructor

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Course Length:

8 Weeks 


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Available Packages

Platinum Personal Trainer Course Package

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
  • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
  • Level 4 Certificate in Lower Back Pain Management
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  • Advanced Training Systems CPD
  • Myofascial Release CPD
  • Body Weight Training CPD
  • Medicine Ball Training CPD
  • Suspension Training CPD
  • Advanced Periodisation CPD
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The Expert Trainer Package

  • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
  • Level 4 Certificate in Diabetes Control and Weight Management
  • Level 4 Certificate in Obesity Control and Weight Management
  • Level 4 Nutrition in Weight Management & Athletic Performance
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  • Bodyweight Training CPD
  • Hydration for Sport CPD
  • Business & Marketing CPD
  • Medicine Ball Training CPD
  • Myofascial Release CPD
  • Kettlebells CPD
Individual RRP:
0% Interest Payment Plans
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GPs refer their patients to fitness professionals for a variety of reasons. Some require exercise and nutritional guidance for ongoing health conditions, whilst others will need specialist support following a recent injury or illness.  

With a growing demand for exercise referral specialists trained to meet the needs of a diverse population with a variety of health issues, there has never been a better time to step into this lucrative career.

  • Course Length: On average it takes 8 weeks to complete the Level 3 exercise Referral course.
  • Entry Requirements: Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualification
  • Accreditations: This course is fully endorsed by CIMSPA
  • Cost: £699, with no hidden fees for registration, certification or examination, plus unlimited free exam resits
  • Offer & Payment Options: Spread the cost with 0% interest on flexible monthly instalments. 

Upon completing your exercise referral course, you’ll qualify with:

  • Focus Awards Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral (RQF)
  • 10 CIMSPA points

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On your Exercise Referral course, you’ll develop specialist knowledge across 4 primary areas, these are:

The Professional Practice For Exercise Instructors 

Exercise referral specialists work with a range of clients, each with different conditions that require specific treatments. In this introductory module, you’ll learn:

  • The responsibilities of an exercise referral specialist
  • How the UK health system functions
  • How GPs refer clients to Exercise-Referral specialists
  • How to evaluate the risk and success of your clients

Understanding Medical Conditions for Exercise Referral 

A solid understanding of various medical conditions is central to a career as an exercise referral professional. This module provides this knowledge extensively covering conditions such as:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Depression
  • General Anxiety Disorder 

Planning Exercise Referral Programmes

You will learn how to tailor plans and exercise strategies to suit a wide range of medical conditions. This includes understanding how to:

  • Offer the correct support to clients
  • Safeguard various clients with different needs
  • Provide guidance and motivation
  • Set effective SMART goals

Instructing Exercise with GP-Referred Patients

Through reviewing existing case studies, assignments and examples from real GP, you’ll learn about setting physical, nutritional and personal goals for clients. This module will also involve the creation and instruction of a six-week programmes

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To pass your exercise-referral course, you’ll need to complete the following three assessments:

  • A multiple choice open book online exam on anatomy and physiology

       (90% pass mark required)

  • A Multiple choice open book online paper on the application of nutrition 

        (90% pass mark required)

  • Practical assessment on delivering a programme for a patient of exercise referral 

The theory exams include questions that are featured in our Level 3 Personal Trainer course. If you have already obtained said qualification you’ll be exempt from any relevant theory papers that have already been completed. 

However, you’ll still be required to pass the coursework and the practical assessment for the remaining exercise referral modules.

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OriGym’s Level 3 Exercise Referral programme is taught entirely online, allowing you to study and qualify in as much or as little time as you require. You will however need to complete your physical assessment at one of our nationwide locations. 

Once enrolled you will gain access to our award-nominated e-learning platform, containing materials such as online lectures, e-books, and so much more to help you through the course modules! 

Should you struggle with any aspect of the course, you can receive personal tutor support 7 days a week. Our expert team will be on hand to help you by phone, email, or our chatbox feature.

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Careers & Progression: 

Completing your Exercise-Referral course opens the door to a wide range of career opportunities within the NHS, private medical organisations such as BUPA, as well as fitness establishments like Nuffield Health.

Career Support:

As you progress throughout your career, OriGym’s post-course support team will provide continued guidance and advice to help you achieve success. 

This involves securing you a guaranteed job interview and strengthening your CV.

Progression Routes:

After completing your exercise referral course, you’ll also have the opportunity to progress onto additional fitness qualifications. This includes becoming a fully qualified personal trainer, which would in turn allow you to develop in areas such as Lower Back Pain Management, or Diabetes & Weight Control.

Alternatively, you can complement your exercise referral skills with knowledge of a topic such as sports massage therapy.

All students must hold a Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualification prior to enrolling on our Level 3 Exercise Referral course. In addition to this, we ask all applicants be over the age of 16 prior to the commencement of studying!

Our Level 3 Exercise Referral Course is fully endorsed by CIMSPA, regulated by Ofqual, and awarded through Focus Awards.

This guarantees that your qualification is of the highest possible standards recognised by fitness industry employers in the UK!

There are no deadlines associated with this qualification, as you’ll complete your exercise referral course through distance learning, online. 

This approach to studying allows you to complete the course at your own pace, with a flexible time-frame that fits around any prior commitments you may already have!

Following enrollment, students will gain immediate access to OriGym’s online learning platform. This contains resources that are essential for completing your online exercise referral course, including - virtual assessments, lectures, and interactive modules.

Students on OriGym’s GP Exercise Referral Course will also receive support from our team of expert tutors, 7 days a week via phone, email, or chat box.

Multiple funding streams are available through OriGym’s various partners, such as:

  • RRPA (Rugby Players’ Association) - For current and former professional rugby player
  • PCA (Professional Cricketers’ Association) - For current or former professional cricketer
  • PFA (Players Football Association) - For current or former professional footballer

The MOD (Ministry of Defence) also offers funding for former and current military personnel, who wish to complete a vocational qualification that is Level 3 or higher!   

Prior to receiving funding for a Exercise Referral Qualification, you will need to submit any documents that prove your affiliation with the relevant organisation.

Once you have completed your GP Exercise Referral Course, you will gain actress to a plethora of post-course support services. This includes CV analysis and distribution, business consultations, and preparation for a guaranteed interview with one of our corporate partners in your area. 

We value the success of our students, which is why these post-course support services have helped over 92% of graduates find employment within the health and fitness industry. 


Join hundreds of our qualified exercise referral instructors working with leading health organisations.

Guaranteed Interviews

We can assist you with landing a position with prestigious organisations like the NHS, BUPA, and Nuffield Health.

Professional Guidance

Our post-course support team will optimise your CV and distribute it to our corporate partners in your local area.

Alumni Perks & Benefits

As an OriGym graduates you access a plethora of exclusive discounts to bolster your career!

  • Puregym
  • Virgin Active
  • Everlast Fitness Club
  • DW Fitness First
  • JD Gyms
  • Sport Direct Fitness


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Ashley Boyd

Really enjoyed my course especially the workshops!

My experience completing the gym instructor course with origym has been fantastic, I really felt supported throughout, the workshops where brilliant and I really enjoyed them, it really helped me to feel prepared for my assessment. The tutors are great and really make you feel at ease.

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As a mother of three children after spending the past nine years building her career as a solicitor, Heather made the decision to follow a life-long passion for health, wellness and fitness, and pursue a career as a personal trainer.

Studying part-time with OriGym to fit around family and work, I achieved my Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Training qualifications. I found OriGym’s courses to be fantastically structured and well organised, and my tutor Andy Tsang was brilliant - he taught me so much!

After graduating I started my fitness business with the sole purpose of empowering women, both physically and mentally. My business has now been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Breakthrough Personal Trainer’ category at Northern Ireland’s Health & Fitness Awards 2019 - I am so thrilled! I am very grateful to OriGym for giving me such a great foundation to launch my business from.

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Great Course Content & Structure!

He's made over 100 appearances for Glasgow Warriors, being twice awarded as Glasgow Warriors player of the season and also won the Pro12 title with Glasgow in the 2014-15 season. He also has 36 caps for Fiji.

I have a huge passion for health, fitness and rugby since I was young and now wants to broaden my knowledge across fitness with the goal of helping others. I Did some research across different courses and companies, OriGym was really attractive as a provider with how the course was structured. Being able to study Online around rugby, training and family commitments is really important to me. The course is easy to follow, with a mixture of information, quizzes and assignments. All of the subjects, modules and content are really interesting and helps broaden my knowledge. I'd be excited to do some personal training in the gym in the off season in the meantime to get some experience. I'm also excited to continue to study and get more knowledge in different areas with OriGym.

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Sophie Dennsion is a leading influencer within the health and fitness sector with a 195k followers on Instagram alone. She opted to study with OriGym as her chosen training provider for her Personal Training qualifications.

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I have had such a wonderful experience with Origym. I started and completed my Level 2 Gym Instructor theory within lockdown and passed my practical after lockdown. The Origym tutors were super helpful with feedback on work. Also, the programme design had lots of information and I could work at my own pace! 


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