Department of Sport and Exercise Science

Short Courses

Exercise Referral

  • Course Type: Short Course
  • Mode of delivery: Direct contact
  • Hours: 42 taught + 10 placement + 190 independent study hours
  • Start date: September 2018
  • Cost: £250 (DSES students) / £500 (external learners)
  • Entry requirements: All learners must possess an industry-recognised (i.e. REPs) fitness instructing qualification. A DBS check will also be required for placement purposes.

Learners must be able to demonstrate competency in anatomy and physiology and nutrition principles at Level 3, evidenced by prior certification or through assessment of Recognition of Prior Experience or Learning.

Successful completion of the course will provide a Diploma in Exercise Referral and will allow learners to deliver exercise for low/moderate risk medical conditions as part of an exercise referral programme and provide a progression route to further training in referred higher risk medical conditions, including cardiac diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, cancer,stroke and falls prevention.


This course aims to develop confidence and competence in exercise training principles for exercise referral. The course covers exercise for a range of referred medical conditions in five main categories; metabolic, cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal and mental health. The course includes discussions of the various disease/disorder processes and how they are medically managed; physical activity and how this may influence the disease process; the potential benefits and risks to the individual during physical activity; the potential effects of medications on exercise performance, and an understanding of the motivation and strategies aimed at improving health behaviour in this patient group.


The course will be assessed by a learner achievement portfolio. The portfolio includes a multiple choice test (RPEL), worksheets, a case study, delivery of an exercise session with a simulated referred client and a self-evaluation of performance. This is a mandatory artefact and must be satisfactorily completed to be awarded a pass (>70%). Formative assessment will be provided during the classroom-based workshops and practical sessions.

Interested candidates should contact in the first instance.

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