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Become a Group Exercise Instructor

Develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to professionally prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective group exercise programmes within a gym, health club or outdoor environment within the context of Exercise to Music (Freestyle) or Circuit Training. Completing these qualifications allows learners to access jobs instructing group exercise classes/sessions for their chosen discipline.

Blended Learning Course

Pay course in full: £489 

Or pay a £125 deposit to use our 3, 6, 9 or 12 month interest-free payment plan.

How to book using our payment plan?


What will I learn on the Group Exercise Instructor course?

What will I be able to do by the end of the course?

- Show understanding of anatomy & physiology and how it relates to exercise and fitness;

- Present yourself in a professional manner, provide excellent customer service and demonstrate effective communication skills.

- Provide a positive customer experience to ensure exercise equipment meets health and safety requirements;

- Promote a healthy and active lifestyle which includes the important of healthy eating and offering behaviour change strategies to support clients to adopt behaviours that will help prevent a range of health conditions;

- Plan and safely deliver effective group exercise sessions in the context of circuit training OR exercise to music (freestyle) for a range of participants with your scope of practice. This including demonstrating effective communication to engage and fully support participants.

What are the qualification units and how are each assessed?


Unit 1 - Anatomy & physiology for exercise and fitness instructors - assessed via a multiple choice theory exam and digital assessment workbook;

Unit 2 - Providing a positive customer experience in the exercise environment - assessed via a digital assessment workbook and observation (video submission);

Unit 3 - Lifestyle and health awareness management - assessed via a digital assessment workbook;

Unit 4 - Principles of planning and delivering group exercise - assessed via a worksheet

Unit 5 - Plan and deliver group circuit training OR Plan and delivery group exercise to music (freestyle) - assessed via a worksheet, session planning and observation of practical teaching (via video submission).

Please note: for the group exercise to music unit, you will be required to purchase a specific music playlist for use during the course (this costs around £25).

What topics are covered during the course?

- Anatomy & physiology to include the circulatory system, respiratory system, anatomical terminology, the skeletal system, joints, the muscular system, digestive system, energy systems, implications for special populations and the nervous system. - Providing a positive customer experience to include customer needs and expectations, customer service, maintaining an exercise environment, professionalism, operative and legislative procedures, controlling risks, safeguarding and supporting a health and fitness business. - Lifestyle and health awareness management to include promoting a healthy lifestyle, the importance of healthy eating, and supporting clients to adhere to exercise. GROUP CIRCUIT TRAINING - Principles of planning and delivering group circuit training to include scope of practice, screening, different formats of circuit training to develop CV fitness, muscular fitness, flexibility, functional ability and motor skills, use of a range of equipment, behaviour management, and accommodating different ability level. EXERCISE TO MUSIC (FREESTYLE) - Principles of planning and delivering group exercise to include scope of practice, screening, methods of progression/regression, use of music and equipment, ranges of exercises and methods of training for CV fitness, resistance training, functional exercise, flexibility and motor skils. - Planning and delivering group exercise to include a freestyle format in a variety of styles and choreopgraphy methods including 32-count phrasing, add-on, layering and verse/chorus.

Study & Assessment Options

This qualification is offered as an ONLINE/DISTANCE LEARNING course. 

You can start studying straight away.

All students have up to 12 months to complete and pass all assessments in order to achieve the qualification. All assessments can be completed and submitted remotely, including online exams and video submission for practical observations.

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Exercise to Music (Freestyle)

Course Content

Level 2 Group Exercise Instructor with Group Exercise to Music (Freestyle) unit



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Circuit Training

Course Content

Level 2 Group Exercise Instructor with Group Circuit Training unit



What course materials and support will I receive?

Online Learning Course

  • ​Online elearning for units 1, 2 and 3,

  • Course textbook for units 4 and 5,

  • Electronic assessment paperwork for all units,

  • Link to further presentations and mock exams.

  • Access to a personal tutor.

  • Access to our study support Facebook group.

  • Ability to complete exams online from home - for more information, please read our E-Proctored exam guidance,

  • Alternatively, you can book and sit theory exams at our centre in Telford,

  • Full guidance on how to film and submit video assessments (if relevant).

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