Active IQ Level 3 Award in Designing Programmes for Older Adults

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Active IQ Level 3 Award in Designing Programmes for Older Adults
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Course Description

Qualification: Designing Exercise Programmes for Older Adults Level 3 Award

Awarding Body: Active IQ

Support: 12 months

RQF Listed: Yes - 6 credit points (601/1148/3)

Reps Recognised: Yes -20 CPD points

Ofqual Recognised: Yes

Estimated Study Time: 36 hours



Paying in Full: £399

Paying in Stages: Your first payment will be £99, then a direct debit will be set up for seven monthly payments of £50. Only available to students with a UK bank account.



Designing Exercise Programmes for Older Adults is perfect for:

  • Students who want to achieve a nationally recognised qualification in designing exercise programmes for older adults
  • Students who want to go onto further vocational training and placement opportunities
  • Students aspiring to become a fitness instructor

Students will learn how to:

  • Develop programmes to meet the needs of older adults
  • Gain knowledge in the effects physical activity has on the physiological and biomechanical changes of ageing
  • Understand the key factors for older adults participating in physical activity


Support is provided for up to 12 months but it is entirely up to you how quickly you work through the course. The estimated study time is 36 hours so if you average around 5 hours a week study you would complete in 3-4 months.

The course is studied distance learning via a student pack which is delivered hard copy in folders. This is yours to keep so you can write on it, make notes etc.

Support is provided throughout the course via a tutor who can be emailed at any time should you come across anything you are unsure of. There is also a support team by telephone.

The course is split into two units.

In unit one students will be required to complete a series of worksheets to determine their understanding of key concepts and materials.

In unit two students will complete a case study.

The good news is there are no exams! Once you have completed all the assignments you complete the course.


You will need to have completed one of the following qualifications to be able to enrol on the course:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing
  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga
  • Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates mat work


Unit 1: Physical activity and health considerations for the older adult

  • Effects of an ageing population
  • Physiological and biomechanical changes
  • Medical conditions
  • Key considerations
  • Communication skills

Unit 2: Designing and adapting exercise programmes for the older adult

  • Collecting information
  • Physiological and biomechanical changes
  • Considering medical conditions
  • Teaching and instructing skills
  • Plan a physical activity programme



At the end of this course successful learners will receive an Active IQ Level 3 Award in Designing Exercise Programmes for Older Adults. This means that you will achieve a Level 3 qualification on the Regulated Qualification Framework.

Your qualification is accredited by Active IQ one of the UK's leading Ofqual approved awarding bodies in the health, fitness and active leisure sector. In addition you will gain 20 CPD points for your REPs membership.

REPs (The Register of Exercise Professionals) is the largest public independent register which provides regulation for instructors and trainers to ensure that they meet National Occupational Standards agreed by the health and fitness industry. Membership with REPs is valued and respected, enhancing employability and is recognised in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

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