Fitness Instructing - Exercise to Music Level 2 Certificate

What is special about this course?

Qualification Outline:

Target Learners - Adults (aged 16+) wishing to pursue a career in the health and fitness sector as studio based fitness instructors (please note that 16-18 years olds may need to be supervised in the workplace, once they have achieved).


To train learners to a professionally competent level, enabling them to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise classes in a health club environment.


  • To develop learner’s knowledge of anatomy and physiology and how it relates to exercise and fitness
  • To develop learner’s ability to plan and deliver safe and effective exercise to music sessions
  • To provide learners with the knowledge to develop good customer service and the personal qualities required by the exercise and fitness industry
  • To provide learners with an awareness of health and safety in an exercise and fitness environment
  • To provide learners with the opportunity to progress to further qualifications in the exercise and fitness industry

Entry requirements

  • Some experience of studio-based exercise classes is highly recommended;
  • The course requires physical exertion and individual participation is essential; therefore, a degree of physical fitness is necessary;
  • There is also an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved and learners should have basic skills in communication pitched at Level 2.

This qualification comprises of 6 mandatory units:

  1. Anatomy and physiology for exercise
  2. Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  3. Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  4. Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  5. Planning group exercise to music sessions
  6. Instructing group exercise to music sessions

Successful achievement of all six units must be achieved for the full qualification.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Distance learning
  • Flexible

Online and face to face

How long will my course last?

159 Hours

Mixture of distance learning and part time face to face for practical sessions.

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

Start date

You must attend practical sessions:

Dates ETM 2017:

Friday 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th February (1-4pm)

Friday 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th March (1-4pm)

Exam Friday 5th May (9-5pm)


Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • This qualification provides progression to Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Instructing Exercise and Fitness, for learners who wish to develop and demonstrate occupational competence in group exercise to music instruction;
  • Alternatively, it provides progression to Level 3 qualifications in Pilates or Personal Training for learners who wish to further their knowledge and skills and become personal trainers working with specialist populations as well as the general population;
  • Learners may also progress on to the Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage, where they will be provided with the knowledge and skills to practice sports massage alongside fitness instructing in the health club environment;
  • Learners may also broaden their knowledge and skills by progressing to Level 2 qualifications in instructing Circuits, Step and Aqua.

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