1Course Overview

Active IQ Level 3 Award in Designing Pre and Post-Natal Exercise Programmes

Course code: QCF401

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Kick-start your career as a specialist instructor, from home!

Active IQ are one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations for the active leisure, learning and wellbeing sector and are recognised and regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA. They design qualifications that support clearly defined career pathways for the active leisure sector.

Open Study College is recognised by REPs (The Register of Exercise Professionals) as an endorsed provider of RQF qualifications.

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in designing pre and post-natal exercise programmes, this Active IQ Level 3 Award course is ideal for:

  • Students who want to achieve a nationally recognised qualification in designing pre and post-natal exercise programmes
  • Want to go onto further vocational training and placement opportunities
  • Those aspiring to become a specialist instructor for pre and post-natal clients

This Active IQ Level 3 Award in Designing pre and post-natal exercise programmes course enables you to:

  • Learn how to design and implement an effective and successful exercise plan for both pre-natal and post-natal clients 
  • Understand the key Considerations for Pre and Post Natal Clients Participating in Physical Activity
  • Gain 20 CPD points for REPs membership
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2Course Content
Qualification accreditation number: (QCF) 500/6776/X

Unit 1: Physical Activity and Health Considerations for the Pre and Post Natal Client

(K/600/2595; Level: 3; Credit Value: 2)

  • Understand the Benefits of Physical Activity for Pre and Post Natal Clients
  • Know the Physiological and Biomechanical Changes that take place During Pregnancy
  • Understand the Key Considerations for Pre and Post Natal Clients Participating in Physical Activity
  • Know the Nutritional Requirements for Pre and Post Natal Clients

Unit 2: Design and Implement Exercise Programmes for the Pre and Post Natal Client

(M/600/2596; Level: 3; Credit Value: 3)

  • Collect Information and Select Appropriate Activities with the Pre or Post Natal Client
  • Design an Individualised, Safe and Effective Exercise Programme for Pre or Post Natal Clients
  • Record the Individualised Exercise Programme for the Pre or Post Natal Client
  • Identify and Manage Specific Risks to the Pre or Post Natal Client when Participating in Physical Activity
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Students’ knowledge will be tested by two different assessment methods. To successfully complete Unit 1, students will be asked to complete a series of worksheets to determine students’ understanding of key concepts and materials. Unit 2 will be assessed via a case study which requires students to design a programme card for each trimester and post-natal period. 

Course Duration

This course will take approximately 40 hours to complete. Once enrolled, you will receive a full year to complete the course, which is a lot more time than you will need. This allows you to work at your own pace, without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study Method

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. You choose whether you want to study this course through a course pack or an online learning platform. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

eLearning System Requirements

You will need Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer, which can be downloaded free of charge from the Adobe website. You will also need to ensure your computer is able to play sound as some of the videos include audio.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an ActiveIQ Level 3 Award in Designing Pre and Post-Natal Exercise (qualification accreditation number (QCF) 500/6776/X). This means that you will achieve a Level 3 qualification on The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Your qualification is accredited by ActiveIQ, one of the UK’s leading Ofqual approved awarding bodies in the health, fitness and active leisure sector.

Open Study College is endorsed by PD: Approval and our qualifications are recognised by REPs.

REPs (The Register of Exercise Professionals) is an independent public register which provides regulation for instructors and trainers to ensure that they meet National Occupational Standards agreed by the health and fitness industry. This will enable you to obtain public liability insurance to practise as a Gym Instructor.

Membership with REPs is valued and respected, enhancing employability, and is recognised in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.


Your Questions Answered

Course Questions and Answers

What are the requirements needed to enrol onto this course?

To enrol on this course, students must have previously obtained one of the following qualifications:

Level 2 Gym Certification

Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym, Exercise to Music or Aqua)

Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork

Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga

Students will be required to have a basic IT skills, as work will be completed via an e-portfolio. 

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. It is truly flexible and is designed to be adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Comprehensive study materials
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
Are there any additional costs?

No! Everything you need is included in the price!

What do I do if I have any further questions?

For further information, please contact us.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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  • I am a permanent UK resident
  • I have 3 years of UK address history
  • I am currently employed or self-employed
  • With a minimum annual income of £5,000
  • I am not bankrupt or in an IVA (Individual Voluntary Agreement)
  • I have a UK bank account capable of paying direct debits
  • I have a credit or debit card

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