Experienced HFE Pilates instructor working with a client
Experienced HFE Pilates instructor working with a client

Level 3 Pilates Instructor Course

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Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Mat Pilates


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  • Pay in full

    Total payable £850.25 5% discount £44.75
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £135 and 5 x £132 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £895
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Based on Joseph Pilates' original Contrology concepts and techniques, this mat Pilates course opens up a range of possibilities for instructors

  • Course type

    Blended learning

  • Time to qualify

    8-10 weeks

  • Entry requirements

    No entry requirements

  • Accreditations

    YMCA Awards are HFE's awarding body HFE's fitness courses and qualifications are endorsed by CIMSPA

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Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Mat Pilates

Based on Joseph Pilates' original Contrology concepts and techniques, this mat Pilates course opens up a range of possibilities for instructors once qualified.


Pilates is one of the most popular and effective forms of exercise for those looking to improve musculoskeletal health and function. It’s also perfectly suited for anyone looking to enhance flexibility and deal with certain aspects of injury or rehabilitation.

Our Pilates instructor course follows Joseph Pilates’ original contrology principles and exercises, which is a testament to how effective they are and how much they’ve stood the test of time. This qualification has been created with your success in mind. So, whether you have designs on becoming a Pilates teacher, developing your own Pilates brand, or even branching out to instruct at retreats worldwide, you’ll be able to do so once qualified.

Course Structure:

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Home study

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The course is fully accredited by YMCA Awards and is recognised by CIMSPA. We specialise in blended learning, which combines practical attendance at a nationwide venue including Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham, London and Glasgow, with home-study support from our expert tutors. This is backed up by learning materials that have been designed and delivered by some of the industry’s most experienced professionals.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this Pilates instructor course, although if you do have a fitness instructor or personal trainer qualification, you will be at a slight advantage. We do however insist that you have prior experience of performing Pilates exercises or attending classes regularly. This will enable you to get the best possible head start.

What You'll Learn How You'll be Assessed Learning and Support Materials

What You'll Learn

The best Pilates instructors have unrivalled attention to detail and are able to deliver classes in a precise and controlled manner – at the end of the day, that’s what Pilates is all about.

Our Pilates course takes the principles and fundamentals of Joseph Pilates’ original Contrology method and applies it to the modern exercise environment. Our training has been specifically designed to make you a more adaptable, more confident and ultimately more successful Pilates instructor.

Here are some of the things you’ll learn on your Pilates journey:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health

    Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health

    • The skeletal and muscular system
    • The nervous system
    • The cardiovascular & respiratory system
    • Bioenergetics
    • The Endocrine system
    • Adaptations & responses to fitness training
  • Principles and Fundamentals of Pilates

    Principles and Fundamentals of Pilates

    • Pilates & posture
    • History & origins of Pilates
    • Schools of Pilates
    • Breathing techniques and Pilates
    • Benefits of Pilates
    • Contraindications to Pilates
  • Planning Pilates Sessions

    Planning Pilates Sessions

    • Selecting Pilates exercises
    • Pilates exercise variables
    • Adapting & progressing Pilates exercises
    • Equipment & props
    • Effective lesson planning
    • Progressive Pilates programming
  • Teaching Pilates Sessions

    Teaching Pilates Sessions

    • Communication skills & Pilates
    • Approaches to teaching Pilates
    • Motivation & encouragement
    • Kinaesthetic coaching
    • Correcting exercise technique
    • Evaluating a Pilates session
  • Information Gathering

    Information Gathering

    • Health screenings
    • Medical referrals
    • Informed consent
    • Cardiovascular risk profile
    • Medical clearance profile
    • Confidentiality agreements

How You'll be Assessed

Our Level 3 Pilates teacher training course is assessed continually to ensure that the assessment methods do not become too taxing or challenging for you. Our team of dedicated Learner Support Tutors will work tirelessly with you to ensure you are suitably prepared for every assessment. Here’s a summary of how you’ll be assessed throughout the course.



  • Worksheets
  • Pilates lesson plan
  • Progressive case study


  • Theory exam
  • Practical assessment
  • Completed on course

Learning and Support Materials

Our Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates includes a fantastic range of study materials to give you the best possible chance of passing first time and securing employment as a qualified Pilates instructor. This includes, but is not limited to:

The highest quality Pilates manuals in the business

You deserve the best

With print and digital copies both available, you can study on your own terms.

World-class online lectures presented by Pilates tutors
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Setting the standard

Join our resident Chartered physiotherapist and Pilates tutor, Lorna, as she guides you through all the anatomy and physiology knowledge required to become a Pilates teacher.

A detailed and easy-to-follow study guide
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A step-by-step approach

Navigate your way through the course with our easy-to-follow study guide. Simply follow the plan and you'll achieve in good time.

Learning support without limits
Learner support

You won't be on your own

From career guidance to revision tips, our dedicated team of learner support tutors will constantly be on hand to provide help and support.

Ongoing career support
Study at your own pace

Our flagship: CV Connect

Once you graduate, you'll have instant access to our flagship CV Connect programme which connects you to relevant fitness employers.

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