Level 2 step instructor course

Step up and take centre stage with this versatile and engaging style of group exercise.

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Step exercise shot of feet

The industry's most energising step instructor course

No group exercise format has stood the test of time more than step exercise to music classes. Also known more casually as 'step aerobics', step-based group exercise continues to be incredibly popular amongst participants looking to get and stay in shape in the studio. There are now also a variety of different styles of step-based exercise, including HIIT step for example.

  • Self paced:

    Achieve in as little as 4-6 weeks

  • Internationally recognised:

    A YMCA Awards qualification with CIMSPA endorsement

  • Engaging content:

    Learn from some of the best presenters in the game

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    Total payable £280.25 5% discount £14.75
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    1 x £35 and 5 x £32 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £295



Payment Options

  • Pay in full

    Total payable £489.25 5% discount £25.75
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £70 and 5 x £69 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £515

Course overview: Level 2 step instructor course

If you want to add another group exercise discipline to your skillset, our level 2 step exercise to music instructor training could be just what you're looking for.

Our level 2 step exercise to music course is an essential addition to any group exercise professionals’ repertoire, particularly those instructors who enjoy the freedom of teaching freestyle ETM classes without the hefty license fees or burden of remembering somebody else’s choreography.

Many of our students on this programme, although not all of them, have actually been teaching step-based group exercise ‘informally’ and ‘unofficially’ for some time using their Level 2 Exercise to Music qualification, but now see the benefit of gaining an appropriate and specific qualification in this discipline. From an insurance perspective, it would certainly be a loophole if somebody were to injure themselves.

This energetic and engaging course includes a wide range of theoretical knowledge and practical skills that can be applied in the studio to create a fun and lively atmosphere in which your participants can exercise safely and effectively using a step box.

The choreography used in the course is pitched at varying levels of difficulty to ensure that all participants can engage in the class at an appropriate level for them.

  • Award vs. Certificate

    The award version of this step exercise to music course is specifically designed for qualified fitness instructors that hold a full Level 2 qualification (e.g. exercise to music instructor).

    If you don't currently hold a full level 2 fitness instructor qualification, you will need to select the Certificate version of the course, which will cover more generic level 2 units, such as anatomy and physiology, health, safety, and professionalism in a fitness environment. These units will already have been completed by those with a full-level 2 fitness instructor qualification.

    The Certificate version of the course will carry an additional fee to cover the cost of the extra units. So, when you complete this qualification as a Certificate, you'll be awarded with a full Level 2 Certificate in Group Exercise Instruction (step exercise to music).

  • Entry requirements

    To enrol on this step instructor course you will need to possess a recognised Level 2 Fitness Instructor Qualification, ideally in an exercise to music context. We also recommend that you have a keen interest in, and some practical experience of, performing step exercise to music. Certainly throughout your study period, you will need to attend a few classes or get plenty of self-practice in.

  • Accreditations

    The Level 2 Award in Teaching Step Exercise to Music (Step Aerobics) is certificated by YMCA Awards and delivered online via a blend of supported home-study and on-demand practical workshops. At the end of the programme, you'll submit a video of you teaching a step exercise to music class and our team of assessors will mark this and provide you with feedback.

  • Learning materials

    This course includes all the study materials and resources that you need to achieve this qualification. The course is delivered primarily online, with downloadable eLearning content, choreography notes and handouts, to help you get the best out of your training experience.

    There are also a number of online practical workshops for you to watch and participate in. Participation is key here to ensure you are assessment ready.

  • Career and progression

    On completion of this step instructor programme, you'll have the confidence and qualifications to be able to teach step-based group exercise to classes large and small. Whether you want to set up your own classes locally, or work in a health club environment, you'll be more than ready and eligible.

    You might also want to consider some additional training to be able to teach other styles of group exercise. Our range of
    yoga teacher training courses or Pilates instructor courses are incredibly popular with our group exercise graduates.

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Our versatile yet accessible courses are unrivalled when it comes to quality.

Having accumulated many years of experience, we are able to offer a step aerobics course which is rich in industry-appropriate content while also being affordable in price.

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We are committed to quality, fairness and transparency, which is why we openly list our course prices on our website for all to see. We don’t engage in discounting, bargaining or deal-making and our price promise ensures that all our students pay the same fair price for their training and qualifications.


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Pay in Full


Get a 5% prompt payment discount
when you pay your fees in full.

Buy Now, Pay Later


Term: 6 months

Buy now and pay later with
our INTEREST FREE payment plans.

Purchase Order


Provide a purchase order on enrolment
and settle the invoice within 30 days*

*Only available for business bookings and subject to the appropriate due diligence.

With you every step...

Throughout your studies and beyond, our dedicated team of Learning Support Tutors will be available to give you a helping hand whenever you need it. All our courses are designed with your success in mind, which is why our development team focus on making our course content as easy to navigate and as simple to understand as possible. However, if you do need any extra help with any aspect of your course, we're only ever a quick call away.

The most common ways which we provide support for students includes:

  • Phone

  • Email

  • Video call

  • Webinar

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What you'll learn

Everything you learn from this step instructor course can be applied to your classes. So, the time you invest in your studies today will determine how much progress you make in your studies tomorrow, and how much of an impact you make with your classes when you start teaching them. After all, that’s why we provide qualifications like this, to give people just like you the tools and knowledge to advance their career in the fitness profession.

Here's just a sample of some of what you can expect to learn on this step course.

  • Step-based choreography

    Base moves
    Various step choreography
    Advanced step-choreography
    Modifying choreography
    Progressing choreography
    Rules of combination
    High and low-impact use
    Changing directions

  • Music and step-based choreography

    Structure of music
    Beats & phrases
    Finding and using the beat
    Fast & slow beats
    Music timing
    PPL & licence free music
    Different styles & genres of music
    Cueing music changes

  • Planning and teaching step exercise to music

    Planning classes effectively
    Health and safety considerations
    Health screening
    Informed consent
    Teaching styles and methods
    Voice projection
    Effective demonstrations
    Working effectively with music
    Evaluating teaching practice
    Professional practice

  • Principles and benefits of step exercise

    Benefits of step exercise to music
    Safe set-up of the step
    Appropriate step heights
    Using the step for alternative activities
    Different types of steps
    Concentric and eccentric step exercises

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*Images and videos are for illustration purposes and may not depict specific course materials.

Where will your step journey take you?

Since we opened our doors in 2017, we've trained over 40,000 exercise professionals across a variety of professionals roles in the health and fitness sector. Many of our graduates have gone on to do amazing things... Where will you go with this step instructor qualification?

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Assessment methods

The assessments for this step exercise instructor course begin early in the learning content with regular and informal knowledge checks that are embedded into the course content to ensure that you're making sufficient progress and engaging sufficiently with the content.

Once you've completed all the online eLearning and on-demand practical workshops, you'll be eligible to complete your practical assessment. For this, you'll need to record yourself teaching a step-based exercise to music class, following all the guidance in the course content. Our support team will also help you prepare for this assessment.

Here's a summary of the assessments for this course:

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  • Multiple choice questions
  • Embedded in course
  • Must answer all correctly


  • Step exercise class
  • 30-45 minutes
  • Record and submit for grading

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