Level 2 Award in Group Exercise Instructing – Exercise to Music (Freestyle)  

What Qualifications do I get?

With this course you gain the following qualification:

YMCA Level 2 Award in Group Exercise Instructing Exercise to Music (Freestyle)

This qualification allows you to teach studio based classes from aerobics to body conditioning, use your own chosen music and be creative with choreography.



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Want to qualify as a Level 2 Group Exercise to Music Instructor?

YMCA Level 2 Award in Group Exercise Instructing Exercise to Music (Freestyle)

During the course you will study the following units:

  • Unit 4  Principles of  planning and delivering group exercise
  • Unit 5  Plan and deliver group exercise to music

Successful achievement of all units must be achieved for the full qualification.

You can start studying at home once enrolled!


I passed my ETM and Circuit training exams yesterday with Smart Qualifications and wow I am now officially an instructor!!
My happiness is huge but my gratitude is even bigger and feeling super blessed to have found Smart Qualifications and Suzanna Brazier
to start and continue my fitness career. Been and artist on tour and a 24 hours mum and career of my very energetic 3 years old makes it really time and energy limited to do anything else, so having found the support and care from all in this company is been an enormous push to help me succeed.
They are always available for you and flexible to help you accommodate your schedule with studies and exams. Couldn’t ask for a better fitness provider to be with and for any better tutor than Suzanna and all the other teachers too! — feeling thankful.

Are there any Prerequisites?

To be eligible to complete our Level 2 Award in Group Exercise Instructing, learners must have previously completed a qualification endorsed against one of the following CIMSPA professional standards:

  • Gym Instructor
  • Core Group Exercise Instructor
  • Strength and Conditioning (Trainer).
How do I book?

Stage 1. You can either complete the contact form by clicking here  ,or you can scroll down the page and click on the book course which will open up a new page. Once we have received your contact information we will email the enrolment documents to complete.

You can also telephone and we will start  the process by emailing you the documents. 


Stage 2. Once we have received all documents and payment you will receive the resources for the course. This will take approximately a week to process. If you would like to use our interest free payment plan please ask as details will then be emailed to you.

Stage 3. You can start learning once you have received all resources. You will  be guided how to start and what is required. You will be provided with your tutor contact details.

Stage 4. You will be emailed the course schedule which will give you the venue address and requirements.

We are happy to answer any questions you have so please do ask smile




Total Qualification TIme

51 hours

This is an estimate of the total amount of time this qualification will take to achieve.

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Blended Learning L2 ETM Course Stages

Stage 1 –Once you have enrolled onto the course you will be provided with your learning resources. This process can take up to 5 working days to process.

Stage 2 –The schedule for your  training days will be emailed to you. You will also be provided with your tutor details who will contact you.

Stage 3– You will attend the scheduled training days where the tutor will guide you through all the skills you require to complete your assessments.

Stage 4 When you are ready we will provide you with a list of assessment dates. Practical assessments c an be taken by remote assessment.

Stage 5 – Once all units have passed and your work has been through our quality assurance process your certificate will be requested from the awarding body, YMCA Awards. Once we receive your certificate we will post to you.

Stage 6– Once you are qualified you can apply for job as an ETM instructor.

We look forward to supporting you through your learning.

How will I be assessed?

To achieve the qualification you must complete and pass the following:

  • Learner Assessment Record
  • Practical examination
  • Portfolio of evidence

There is no charge for reassessment.

Course Dates


August 2021 Dates

 You must attend the following  days:

You can complete the following training by either attending our studio or attending virtually on Zoom.  Please let us know your choice when booking.

  • Saturday 14th August  
  • Saturday 21st August 
  • Saturday 11th  September
  • Assessment dates will be organised and agreed on the course 
October 2021 Dates

 You must attend the following  days:

You can complete the following training by either attending our studio or attending virtually on Zoom.  Please let us know your choice when booking.

  • Sunday 17h October 
  • Sunday 24th October
  • Sundday 14th  October 
  • Assessment dates will be organised and agreed on the course 

Course Cost

Regular Course Cost £299.00 

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If you would like to use the payment plan option you can pay the deposit by clicking here. We then set up direct debit payment plan for the remaining payments. These are 0% payment plans and details available on request.

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Awarding Body 

The Awarding body for our Level 2 Award  in  Group Exercise qualification is YMCA Awards.  Once you have achieved all elements of the qualification and the quality assurance process has been completed your nationally recognised certificate will be processed. 



Exercise to Music Course

This course is for all who are 16+ and are wishing to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry as a studio Exercise to Music instructor. This qualification allows you to teach studio based classes from aerobics to body conditioning, use your own chosen music and be creative with choreography.



Once qualified this qualification will allow you to move onto the Level 3 GP referral course. This will allow you to give advice and design plans for your class participants.


0% Payment plans available

Spread the cost with our 0% payment plan.

Interested In the Level 2 Award in Exercise to Music course?

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I am loving my journey with SMART Qualifications. After an initial discussion about what course would suit my needs, Suzanna and Helen both helped me in choosing the ETM course. Being a mum of 3 and working part-time, I needed something that I could do in my spare time and also have the option to take my time with. This course offers just that. Not only is the course fun and enjoyable, it comes with a trainer (Suzanna) who has a wealth of experience, makes you feel extremely welcome and offers support at any point throughout the course. Being a novice makes absolutely no difference at SMART Qualifications therefore I felt at ease and confident in asking for additional support when needed. Not only have I completed the ETM course quicker than I had set my target date to but I also achieved the Kettlebell instructor certificate and attended the advanced kettlebell workshop. Both were run by Helen who, again has a wealth of experience in handling and teaching kettlebell training. I took the instructor course via Zoom (due to covid restrictions) but it felt just as effective and productive as it would in the studio. My journey with SMART Qualifications isn’t ending here. I’m already looking in to the next course…Circuits, here I come!!! 


I have just passed my level 2 ETM course with Smart Qualifications. I thoroughly enjoyed the course.  I’ve met some great people. Suzanna was an amazing tutor and always there for any extra support needed. In fact I enjoyed it so much I am now taking part in the Level 2 Gym instruction course, Which is being run by Helen who is also fantastic and so helpful.

If anyone is looking to enter into the fitness industry I would recommend Smart Qualifications 100 %.


I have just recently completed an exercise to music instructor course led by Suzanna. I was quite nervous about starting the course but as soon as I met Suzanna she soon put me and the other learners at ease. I found the practical days covered all the necessary requirements in great detail, and with all the knowledge and expertise Suzanna has I certainly felt I was in the best possible hands. The group size was small which I prefered as it was more personal and felt more one to one, once the practical learning days were complete I had a period of time to compose a routine for my assessment. I struggled with some elements and began to loose a confidence in myself. Suzanna was so kind and patient with me, she went above and beyond her tutor role to assist me and encourage me. I was always asking her lots of questions and with a prompt response, nothing was ever too much trouble and there was absolutely no pressure to complete the course until I was ready. I can’t possibly imagine any other provider would come anywhere near close to giving the personal touch they offer. I can’t recommend smart qualifications highly enough.


The courses are challenging and learning new things is always great. Mark & Suzanna were always on the end of the phone helping and the classroom dates were fun and it was lovely meeting new people 🙂 I hope to do more in the future!

April - Holbeach

After deciding that I wanted to become a fitness instructor I spent months plucking up the courage to find out how to do it. I saw an advert for Smart Qualifications on FB and sent them a message.
I received a lovely warm and friendly phone call about 5 mins later, arranged a visit to see Suzanna, booked my ETM course and have had an absolutely fantastic few months training. I recently qualified as a fitness instructor, kettlebell instructor and am currently doing my Gym level 2 and can honestly say it is the best thing I have ever done! My only regret is I didn’t start sooner! The support received is excellent and Suzanna and Helen are superb tutors. I just have to decide which course to book on next!!!


Fantastic. I cannot recommend Smart Qualifications enough. It’s worth saying that over the past year I’ve seen 6 friends go through an ETM course with different providers and every single one of them had some sort of issue with them. I have not had a single problem with Smart Qualifications and everything has been better than what I’ve seen those 6 friends go through. Suzanna was always approachable, helpful and knowledgeable! Here you have someone that actually knows what they’re teaching and, more importantly, cares! The course was structured clearly and was flexible to our requirements. There was a small group (3) of us on the training days, which meant the training was focused and you felt like you had a strong support function not just from Suzanna, but from those you trained with. All in all, if you’re looking for an ETM course to do, for the price currently offered, you’d be hard pressed to go wrong with Suzanna and Smart Qualifications. I’m confident that the other courses are of a similar standard of service and I’ll definitely be looking to them for further training as my career progresses. Thank you, Suzanna!!!


Level 2 gym and level 2 ETM

I am so glad I found Suzanna and smart qualifications .I found the e-learning course very simple and easy to follow , with enough information and training for me to complete both my courses .Suzanna my tutor was always on hand to help whenever I needed it and was more than happy to meet and discuss any problems I had .The ETM practical training days were invaluable and although tiring , were great fun .

Thanks to smart qualifications I am now employed in the leisure and fitness industry and am now going on to hopefully complete a les mills training course , I would highly recommend anyone in the fitness world to do their training with SQ , they really are a great little company with a personal touch …. One word … awesome ?

Cindy - Peterborough

I’ve found both courses I have completed well organised and have felt well informed and supported throughout. The content is thorough and delivered brilliantly, I feel very confident using what I have learned and am looking forward to putting it to use.

Robyn - Peterborough


“I took the Exercise To Music Course with Smart Qualifications. It was a very enjoyable and interesting course; Suzanna Brazier made it fun and interactive. The online learning part was easy and educational and together with the face to face training days it all slotted together perfectly. Suzanna was always on hand if I had a query and would either phone me back or email promptly and would quickly sort out any questions that I had.

 I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Smart Qualifications to anyone.”

Debbie - Sleaford

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