Exercise to Music Course

Are you passionate about fitness and eager to share your enthusiasm with others? Our online Exercise to Music course equips you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to lead adult group exercise classes with confidence.

Upon completion, you’ll be awarded the Level 2 Certificate in Instructing Exercise to Music (ETM), a credential that opens doors to various opportunities in the fitness industry. Like our successful graduates…..read about one here.

Exercise to Music Course Qualification

Course Overview:

  • Access Your Course Anywhere: Skip the commute and long queues. Our online platform allows you to study from the comfort of your home.
  • Flexible Options: Whether you’re new to fitness or already hold a Level 2 qualification, we have options tailored to your needs.
  • Fast-Track Route: If you already possess a Level 2 qualification, you can opt for our accelerated pathway, completing only the two specific ETM units.
  • Industry Standard Qualification: Our course is designed for adults aged 16 and above aspiring to pursue a career in the health and fitness sector or community settings.

You can complete the 2 specific ETM units in planning and instructing group exercise if you currently hold a level 2 qualification with the following units:

Mandatory Units
Unit 1 – Anatomy and physiology for exercise
Unit 2 – Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
Unit 3 – Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
Unit 4 – Principles of exercise, fitness and health
You will need to submit a copy of your Level 2 certificate.
This is the industry standard qualification for adults (aged 16+) wishing to pursue a career either in the health and fitness sector or a community setting.

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Why Choose Us?

With your qualification you’ll be ready to secure employment as an Exercise to Music Instructor.

Your online course offers flexibility to fit studies around your lifestyle.

Like to know how?  Read this amazing testimonial.

For the full exercise to music course you study six theory modules and a practical video. This develops your talents in planning and instructing safe, yet highly effective group based exercise to music classes. For qualified Fitness Professionals the fast-track route means completion of only two theory modules and the practical video.

With your course booked you’re off. When qualifying with us there’s the added peace of mind that course materials, tutor support, assessments and certification fees are all included – unlike some companies, there are no hidden extras to pay.

Teaching group exercise

It’s much easier to commit to an exercise routine and stick with it when you’re really enjoying yourself and get to workout with others. That’s why exercise to music classes are so popular, offering great variety and appealing to a wide range of participants.

Once you’ve gained your exercise to music certificate you’ll be ready to run your classes. Popular class options include; aerobics, strength endurance conditioning, flexibility, relaxation and well-being. Our exercise to music qualifications also enable you to progress to teach group fitness classes such as RockFitUK, Mum Dance, Clubbercise, Zumba and Les Mills.

Is this ETM course for me?

  • Qualify to work in any gym across the UK and overseas.

  • Build your client base and boost your earnings just like Laura!

  • Have a longstanding career and leave a legacy.

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Complete 2 modules and a video practical with our fast-track exercise to music qualification

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Complete 6 modules and a video
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Love to teach exercise to music classes? (This is perfect for you)

This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to prepare, plan and instruct your exercise to music classes. Working with a diverse range of people generating tangible fitness results – Wow! How rewarding is that?

Exercise to music courses are a very popular fitness career start point. They are also a great way to advance and grow your fitness business. You will instruct carefully designed classes that meet the needs of different participant groups offering maximum variety and inspiration every step of the way.

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      Become a successful ETM instructor (We know a thing or two!)  

      Instructing exercise in a class is a great way to motivate and inspire others to become fitter, achieve great results and have fun from every session. Once you have gained your exercise to music certificate you’re work ready. Check out some of our industry accreditations below and rest assured you’ll be learning with experts.

      Our Graduates Feedback

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      I have always had a passion for exercise and sport ever since my school days… ‘I decided on the group exercise instructor course as being a mum of three I felt this would be the qualification that best suits my circumstances. I could either look to run my own local exercise classes myself or work in a gym teaching group training. This means I can plan my class timetable around my family life and I could be in control of how many classes I teach a week and where and when.
      LauraETM Graduate

      Full Course Fees

      Payment Method

      Pay in full


      £395 use code ETM100


      Most popular

      Payment Method

      Pay over 3 months


      £206.25 per month


      Total course fees £618.75

      Payment Method

      Pay over 6 months


      £103.13 per month


      Total course fees £618.78

      Fast Track Options

      * If you have a level 2 fitness qualification our fast-track route is your selection.

      ** Please check that you have completed the mandatory units as detailed above as you will need to provide a copy of your level 2 certification as part of enrolment.

      Payment Method

      Pay in full


      £275 use code ETM50


      Cheapest option

      Payment Method

      Pay over 3 months


      £135.42 per month


      Total course fees £406.26

      Our ETM course is a fantastic option for Fitness Professionals seeking to run their own classes. If you already hold a level 2 fitness qualification or are a PT you can qualify by choosing our ever popular fast-track route.




      Anatomy and physiology for exercise


      Acquire the essential knowledge an Exercise to Music Instructor needs in anatomy and physiology to deliver outstanding and popular classes for adults.




      How to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity


      Gain current on-going customer service skills to support the wide range of clients attending your exercise classes.




      Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment


      Learn the knowledge Exercise to Music Instructors need to maintain health, safety and welfare.




      Principles of exercise, fitness and health


      Understand how to programme safe, effective exercise classes for your clients.


      Fast Track

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      Planning group exercise to music sessions


      Know how to prepare an excellent adult exercise to music class.


      Fast Track

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      Instructing group exercise to music sessions


      Be able to deliver exercise to music sessions that build a loyal client base.

      Your online course is simply accessed via our student portal.

      You study your course materials and then complete a workbook for each module. Tasks include short answer questions and case studies. Once completed this is submitted to your tutor for assessment.

      The course practical is the final piece of the jigsaw!

      This gives you the opportunity to put your course theory into practice instructing an exercise to music class.

      Our guidelines will help you with this, as you record video evidence of teaching an exercise to music class.

      This course comes with full tutor support. It’s helpful to ask a question, check you’re on the right lines or just have a quick chat. Rest assured your friendly tutor is there to lend a hand.

      Once everything is complete you will receive your exercise to music certificate.

      Choose your payment option and book online using a debit or credit card.

      Once booked your good to go.


      Question not covered? Don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

      Why choose our ETM course?

      If you are planning to become an Exercise to Music Instructor this nationally and industry recognised course provides everything you need to practice.

      If you are just starting out you can complete the full course or if you have already completed your Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer course you can gain your certification by completing Modules 5 and 6 together with the course practical video.

      • Qualify as a recognised Exercise to Music Instructor
      • Complete portfolio based learning, with no exams
      • Achieve your Level 2 Exercise to Music certification
      • Gain the regulated exercise to music qualification you need to start or advance your career

      As you progress the course materials will help you develop your knowledge and confidence which you’ll be able to demonstrate in the portfolio assessment video.

      Which ETM qualification will I achieve?

      On completion of this course you will receive the Focus Awards Level 2 Certificate in Instructing Exercise to Music, an Ofqual regulated qualification.

      How is the ETM course assessed?

      You’ll compile your own portfolio of evidence to gain this Exercise to Music qualification. In addition you will complete a course practical video where you will showcase your very own exercise to music class.

      You can both study and complete your portfolio at a pace that’s right for you.

      How is the ETM course video assessed?

      The practical part of your ETM qualification gives you the opportunity to put your course theory into action. You will teach your own ETM class with at least four participants. At every stage you will follow our carefully laid out criteria recording either a series of mini video clips or the full class to showcase your skills.

      Popular venues students use include halls and club huts, gym fitness studios, schools and space permitting your own home.

      Do I need any existing skills or sports abilities?

      No previous fitness or exercise qualifications are required. However, due to the nature of the exercise to music classes that you will ultimately be qualified to instruct it is advisable to be of sufficient fitness so that you are able to carry out the role.

      How is the ETM distance learning course structured?

      The level 2 exercise to music course is structured into two parts – theory and practical.
      Both parts are completed by distance learning with the full support of your course tutor who is available as a direct point of contact throughout your studies.

      Each theory module is assessed by a workbook submission which your tutor reviews. The practical video involves taking clips to evidence your skills which is also submitted to your tutor.

      What previous education is required?

      You don’t need any specific qualifications to complete this course. However, it is beneficial to have some experience of participating in exercise to music related classes.

      For the level 2 etm fast-track qualification route you need to already have a industry recognised level 2/level3 fitness qualification or equivalent.

      How old do I need to be?

      The minimum age for this course is 16.

      How long does the course take to finish?

      Many of our students complete this course from 6 weeks, however there is no set time limit enabling you to study at your own pace with the peace of mind that you have a maximum of one year to become qualified.

      Can I study the exercise to music course online from home?

      Yes – this etm qualification is designed to offer you the maximum choice, support and freedom in terms of where, when and how you study. Once you have booked your course you will have access to our student portal. You simply complete your enrolment and watch the induction video. That’s it, you’re then ready to start your studies.

      How long is the level 2 ETM qualification valid for?

      Once qualified you will be recognised as having obtained the Level 2 Exercise to Music Certification and this does not have an expiry date.

      This is also a great way of gaining additional continuing professional development (CPD), building your fitness knowledge.

      What logos appear on the certificate?

      You will receive an electronic certificate that shows you have achieved the Focus Awards level 2 certificate in instructing exercise to music. The certificate is embossed with both Ofqual and Focus Awards logos.

      Do I need level 2 ETM insurance?

      If you start work in an exercise to music instructor job check with your employer if you need your own insurance cover, or if you are covered on their company policy.

      If you take the freelance route then you will need to arrange your own insurance cover for the classes you run.

      ETM instructors teach fun and engaging classes to help participants get active and improve fitness levels in a social setting. Most gyms offer a wide range of daily classes tailored to different ability levels and areas of interest. Or, you could set up your own classes from a village hall, school facility or similar.

      You’ll be responsible for running safe, enjoyable and effective classes that prove to be popular. As your classes fill up there’s also the opportunity to expand and appeal to different customer groups. If this is the career for you, here’s some of your responsibilities.

      Ensure you have robust processes and procedures in place for new members joining your exercise to music classes.

      Think about

      • Joining form
      • PAR-Q and medical clearance
      • Taking payments and managing attendance
      • Exercise history, limitations, preferences and goals

      Focus on the environment and class safety, choreography, coaching exercise technique and heaps of motivation, fun and encouragement.

      Think about

      • Warm up, main activity and cool down
      • Helping new starters learn the routine
      • Different ability levels
      • Recognising limitations and not pushing too hard

      Decide on set communication channels and use them to keep everyone up to date. Seek regular feedback from participants to help plan and adapt class formats.

      Think about

      • Social media group for class updates
      • Questionnaires
      • Post class Q&A
      • Adapting formats to suit current trends

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