YMCA Award in Group Exercise Instructing - Circuit Training Level 2

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Sport, Fitness and Leisure



Mode of Study
Mode of Study
Part Time Day

Usk Campus



Discounts may be available
Please note, all advertised fees are for one year only, unless otherwise stated in the additional information below
Start Date

Start Date
22 February 2025

Start Time

Start Time

End Time

End Time


3 weeks

In a nutshell

The aim of this qualification is to enable learners to professionally plan and instruct Group Circuit Training sessions that are safe and effective within a fitness environment.


Learners will develop knowledge, skills and behaviours to become a group exercise instructor within context, meeting industry requirements set out within the CIMSPA professional standard.

This course is for...

... learners who are already working in the fitness sector but would like to gain new skills

... those who want to 'top up' existing knowledge and skills to meet CIMSPA Core Group Exercise Instructor professional standard.

Course content

Learners will develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to become a group exercise instructor in Circuit Training. They will meet industry requirements set out within the CIMSPA core group exercise professional standard.

For the YMCA Level 2 Award in Group Exercise Instructing: Circuit Training, learners must achieve 2 mandatory units:

  • Principles of planning and delivering group exercise
  • Plan and deliver group circuit training

The course covers a range of knowledge and skills specific to circuit training:

Knowledge and understanding:

  • Methods of collecting participant information
  • Principles of screening participants prior to exercise including the physical activity readiness questionnaire (PAR-Q)
  • How to use participant information to help with planning safe and effective group circuit training sessions
  • How to use music to enhance group circuit training sessions
  • Fundamentals of sports massage treatments


  • Assessment and screening of participants
  • Preparing yourself, the equipment and the environment for group circuit training sessions
  • Instructing group circuit training sessions
  • Evaluating your own performance

You'll be assessed through a practical assessment and theory portfolio of evidence.

On successful completion you could progress on to the:

  • Level 3 Personal Training qualification
  • Level 2 Group Cycling
  • Level 2 Exercise to Music
  • Level 2 Exercise and Physical Activity for Children
  • A job in the fitness industry

Entry Requirements

The following mandatory units are required prior to undertaking the course:

  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise and fitness instructors
  • Providing a positive customer experience in the exercise environment
  • Lifestyle management and health awareness

Additional information

Learners must be 19 plus and have experience of participating in exercise through personal practice as participation in group sessions will be mandatory.

Where can I study YMCA Award in Group Exercise Instructing - Circuit Training Level 2?

Usk Campus
(Part Time Day)
Start Date: 22 February 2025

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If your chosen course starts within 14 days of you booking your place, then the 14 day refund policy does not apply and any refund will be subject to the college fee policy.

All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

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