Level 2 Exercise to Music Instructor

The Level 2 Exercise to Music qualification is the 'entry level' course for anyone wanting to become an exercise to music instructor/group exercise instructor. This qualification is also extremely popular with those wanting to teach, or who are already teaching, pre-choreographed programmes like Zumba, Bokwa and the Les Mills programmes (Body Pump, Body Balance, Body Attack etc).

Group exercise instructors are the backbone of studio-based exercise classes and as such provide instruction across a variety of styles and programmes. the bulk of this course will focus on the use of freestyle choreography to deliver safe and effective group exercise to music classes.

Because this is a nationally recognised qualification and not just a workshop, you can rest assured that when you do start teaching your own classes, you will have the knowledge, skills, confidence and qualification to deliver safe and effective classes.

The course is delivered using blended learning, which simply means that you will complete around 4-6 weeks distance-learning under the tutelage and guidance of one of our dedicated Learner Support Tutors before attending a practical workshop.

The practical element requires attendance for 4 days that are split over 2-weekends. Essentially the distance-learning period covers all of the required knowledge and understanding, while the practical element of the qualification focuses on the application of this knowledge to give you the skills and confidence to plan and teach energetic and motivating group exercise to music classes.

All of the materials you need to complete this course, including your music are provided, so you don’t need to purchase anything else. For more information on this or any of our courses, please feel to contact one of our careers advisors. 

Course Content

The Level 2 Exercise to Music Qualification covers a wide-range of subjects surrounding the design and implementation of group exercise. In addition the course also includes a Level 2 Anatomy and Physiology unit. More specifically this course includes:

  • Bones and joints
  • Components of fitness and principles of training
  • Muscles and muscle actions
  • Cardio-respiratory system
  • Health screening
  • Planning group exercise to music programmes
  • Health, safety and professionalism for group exercise
  • Customer service Promoting physical activity
  • Group instructor skills
  • Choreography techniques and variations
  • Muscular strength and endurance training techniques
  • Music legalities

Qualification: Central YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Exercise to Music Instruction.

Assessment Method

You will be required to complete a practical group exercise to music session lasting 45-60 minutes. This assessment is observed directly by an assessor and will take place on the last day of the course attendance dates. 

You will also be assessed via a multiple choice theory assessments which will take place on the last weekend of the course. These assessments will focus on:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Components and principles of fitness

Before attending your Exercise to Music instructor course, you will also be required to complete 2 written worksheets in the areas of: Health, safety and welfare in exercise and fitness Supporting clients partaking in physical activity

All students on the 'exercise to music programme' will be required to bring 2 healthy participants for the practical assessment day (day 4). These people will participate in the practical assessment as class members.


There are no formal pre-requisites for this qualification although you will need experience of partaking in exercise to music programmes. It is important that you are familiar with the basic exercise to music steps and choreography before you can begin the process of teaching. We therefore recommend that all students on this programme attend 2-3 choreography-led group exercise classes throughout the duration of their distance learning. For more information on these pre-requisites, please feel free to contact us.

REPs Information

This exercise to music qualification is worth 20 CPD points with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

In addition it is also recognised by the European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA) and e-reps.

On the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF) this programme is worth 24 learning credits.

Course cost:

£515.00 (inc VAT)

Reserve your place for only £100 deposit. Installment plans also available.

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Customer Reviews

out of 5 from 228 reviews
  • Rating: 5 out of 5. NickyLangford 2014-04-14

    “Exercise to Music - a thirst for learning quenched!!”

    I found the theoretical material very interesting and easy to learn both from the manuals and the material you could use on-line, the scorm slides and audio books. All the contact I had with my personal tutor was excellent!

  • Rating: 5 out of 5. gemmaharrison0211 2014-09-24

    “An amazing course and experience!!”

    HFE was recommend by a family member who has done their previous fitness training through them before. They spoke highly of the organisation which encouraged me to follow through with my aspirations with HFE.