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Exercise for Disabled Clients Resources

Course Induction

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Learner Assessment Record (LAR)

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Assessment Guidance

Guidance on how to complete each assessment within this qualification

Course Support

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Your Tutor

Joanna Bentley


Course Induction

You are now successfully enrolled on the YMCA Awards Level YMCA Awards Level 3 Award in Programming and Supervising Exercise for Disabled Clients distance learning course.


You have up to 12 months to complete the course. Please see our policy on Course Fees & Timeframes for further information.

If you think you are exempt from completing any of the assessments please read through our Recognising Prior Achievement & Exemption Policy and contact us.


Please also familiarise yourself with our Booking TermsAppeals Procedure and Applying Reasonable Adjustments & Special Considerations Policy.

What you will learn on this course
  • Legal and ethical issues surrounding disability including legislation, models of disability, and barriers that may impact on participation,

  • Scope of practice in the context of disability;

  • Collect screening information to identify precautions and contraindications, undertake functional assessment protocols, and identify risks involved with participation,

  • Implications of various conditions and impairments on cardiovascular, MSE, flexibility, mobility, motor skills and functional capacity,

  • The need to access further sources of information to ensure safe programming and be able to adapt communication relevant to different impairments,

  • How to plan and adapt client-centred exercise and physical activity for disabled clients to account for the variables relating to the individuals impairment(s) including fitness level, pain, concentration, fatigue, degeneration of the condition,

  • Plan and agree planned sessions with disabled clients using rapport, sensitivity and empathy, adjusting teaching styles to accommodate different impairments.

Course Units & Assessments

Unit 1 Principles of Exercise for Disabled Clients
Assessment 1 – Worksheet

Assessment 2 - Worksheet
Unit 2 Planning and Adapting Exercise for Disabled Clients
Assessment 3 – Worksheet

Assessment 4 – Progressive Programme and VIVA

Assessment 5 - Scenario-Based Programming

Course Resources

You will receive the following hard copy resources through the post:

YMCA Awards Programming and Supervising Exercise for Disabled Clients manual 

YMCA Awards Level 3 Programming and Supervising Exercise for Disabled Clients Learner Achievement Record (digital download can be found above)

Another recommended read include:

Training Disabled People by Sara Wicebloom - available from Bloomsbury and Amazon.

Specific Assessment Guidance

UNIT 1 – Principles of Exercise for Disabled People

Assessment 1: Worksheet

The Working with Disability worksheet can be found in your LAR. You will need to complete all 16 questions in full showing a good understanding of the topic in order to pass. You can complete this worksheet in your own time, from home. 

Assessment 2: Worksheet

The Conditions and Impairments worksheet can also be found in your LAR. You will need to complete the tables in full showing a good understanding of the conditions and impairments. You can also complete this worksheet in your own time, from home.

UNIT 2 – Planning and Adapting Exercise for Disabled Clients
Assessment 3: Worksheet
The Planning and Adapting Exercise for Disabled Clients worksheet can be found in your LAR. You will need to complete all 13 questions in full to pass this assessment.

Assessment 4: Progressive Programme and VIVA
You are required to screen, gather information and prepare an appropriate programme of exercise for a disabled client. The templates for this case study can be found in your LAR.

You will also need to take part in a VIVA (oral assessment), demonstrating sufficient planning and adaptation skills. The VIVA must be completed with your disabled client present as they will be involved in the discussion relating to the programme of activity that has been planned for them.

The paperwork you must complete for this assessment includes;

  • Client Profile

  • PARQ

  • Progressive programme template

  • Health and Safety Plan

  • Detailed Session Plan

All of which can be found in your LAR.

Your assessor will complete the Progressive Programme and VIVA checklist. 

Further guidance on progressive programme:
You must work with a disabled client who has a significant impairment, which affects one or more of the following:

  • communication

  • concentration

  • movement or balance

Your client must not have a condition that is not covered within this qualification. We highly recommend you contact your tutor to get approval to work with your client BEFORE you start working with him/her. You can email Jo on

You must meet with your client and complete the following;

  • client profile

  • PARQ (if positive, you must include a medical referral letter and ensure you are adequately qualified to work with this person)

  • exercise experience and level of daily activity

  • goals

  • functional assessment

Use the information to complete the Client Profile provided, to include:

  • definition/characteristics of condition

  • medications

  • goals

  • findings from functional assessment

  • implications of condition(s) and medication(s) for exercise

Prepare a programme of exercise over a 3 month period using the pro-forma provided in your LAR, to include recommendations for the following components of fitness;

  • cardiovascular

  • muscular strength

  • muscular endurance

  • flexibility/ range of movement (ROM)

  • balance

  • coordination

  • other

The programme should reflect a functional approach.

Provide a detailed health and safety plan and detailed session plan relating to the progressive programme. The detailed session plan is an example of one of the sessions you would deliver as part of the overall progressive programme.

Assessment 5: Scenario-Based Programming
As well as working with your own client (above), you will also be issued with a scenario by your tutor and you are required to prepare an appropriate progressive programme of exercise over a period of 3 months. Please email your tutor for your scenario client.

The scenario will include the following information:

Client profile, PARQ, goal and functional assessment results.

You may be required to participate in a discussion with your assessor to demonstrate sufficient planning and adaptation should you fail to provide sufficient evidence through completing of the programme. 

Please also ensure you sign and date all your work upon completion (electronic signatures are sufficient if completing on your computer).

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