Qualification Information

Sector: Sports, Active Health and Fitness Category: Mind and Body Training
VTCT Product Code: AF30473 GLH: 240 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/7050/X Units: 7 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2024
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 37

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020

Minimum Guided Learning Hours (GLH)

The minimum guided learning hours (GLH) to achieve this qualification is 240 GLH.

Primary outcome

The primary outcome of the VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Mat-Based Pilates is to prepare you to enter the specific sector of health and fitness instructing as a Pilates instructor. All the units in this qualification relate directly to the specific job role of a Pilates instructor.


The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Mat-Based Pilates is a vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a Pilates instructor. This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as a Pilates instructor, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role. There are no formal entry requirements to undertake this qualification.

This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a Pilates instructor including mandatory units covering the following: anatomy and exercise for exercise and health, principles of exercise, fitness and health, supporting clients who take part in exercise and physical activity, health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment, principles of mat-based Pilates, programming mat-based Pilates and instructing mat-based Pilates. There are no optional units.

Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the underpinning science and principles which underpin safe exercise, and the principles of Pilates. You will learn how to support your clients, you will also develop a range of technical skills enabling you to programme and instruct Pilates to groups and individual clients. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will prepare you for employment as a Pilates instructor. You will also be eligible to join the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) as a Pilates instructor. Career opportunities as a Pilates instructor exist in a variety of contexts, including:

- Working at a leisure centre or private health club
- Freelance as an instructor providing individual and group Pilates sessions
- Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is based on the relevant National Occupational Standards and is recognised by the one of the UK's leading professional associations for exercise and fitness, the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) for preparing learners for employment as a Pilates instructor.

Qualification Structure

Mandatory Group - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 7 components and earn a minimum of 37 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV20523 M/600/9015 Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity 2 2 13
UV20524 T/600/9016 Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment 2 2 16
UV20525 A/600/9017 Principles of exercise, fitness and health 2 4 28
UV30536 A/600/9051 Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health 3 6 43
UV31498 A/504/4405 Principles of mat-based Pilates 3 4 26
UV31499 F/504/4406 Programming mat-based Pilates 3 9 51
UV31500 J/504/4407 Instructing mat-based Pilates 3 10 63

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.


*To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

Centres approved to run this qualification

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NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Holistic Therapies Training Academy 01237 472109 Visit website Devon
Alpha Gateway College 02085271627 Visit website Durham
Active Health Group 0161 235 5306 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Eastleigh College 023 8091 1028 Visit website Hampshire
Future Fit Training Ltd 01329 823400 Visit website Hampshire
Bay Leadership Academy 01524 416830 Visit website Lancashire
JBH training Ltd 07712 649091 Visit website Worcestershire
Sports Fitness Academy +353 876288724 Visit website Ireland