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Level 3 / Active IQ Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork (QCF)

Who is this course for?

This qualification is aimed at instructors who wish to teach Mat Pilates, either in a group or one to one situation.  There are no formal prerequisites for this qualification, however, it is expected that candidates have a basic level of knowledge and experience of practising Mat Pilates prior to attending the course.  This course enables existing Level 2 Mat Pilates Instructors to upgrade their qualification to Level 3, which is now the required standard to apply for REP’s registration as a Mat Pilates instructor.

Course Content

Exercise Theory - Advanced anatomy and physiology to include; bones and joints, muscles and muscle actions, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous/endocrine systems, components of fitness, principles of training and models of behavior change

Practical - You will learn the underpinning knowledge which is essential for Pilates mat instructors in planning safe and effective sessions, including:

Principles of the Pilates method, basic fundamental theory relating to spinal stabilisation, identifying postural types and muscle imbalances.

Candidates will be able to identify exercises which have evolved from the original 34 mat-work moves and learn how to adapt, modify and progress those exercises to suit their participants needs.

Course Structure

The theory units are delivered through our home elearning system and supported by student handbooks. The practical unit is delivered in the form of teaching workshops, master classes and practical experiences.


The theory unit is assessed by an externally set multiple choice exam. There are 40 questions of which you must get at least 28 correct answers. You will receive you result within 24hrs of taking the exam. There is also a written worksheet to complete on the principles of Pilates.

Case study - You will be provided with a hypothetical client case study and have to complete questions relating to the psychosocial aspects of exercise. Taken under formal exam conditions, candidates have 45 minutes to complete.  20 marks are available, candidates need 15 to pass.

Live case study - you must chose a client to work with and complete case study paperwork provided by ACTIVE IQ, this will be assessed by the course tutor using standardised marking. You will be asked to produce a 12 week progressive Pilates exercise programme for this client which meet the client’s needs and postural type.  The candidate will discuss this case study with the tutor/assessor in a viva (professional discussion).

Practical - to evidence your practical skills you are required to teach and evaluate a Pilates mat-work session (support by a detailed lesson plan for the planned session). A trained assessor will monitor your performance against set criteria that you will have become familiar with during the course. Following a short evaluation, you will receive your result.

Additional Information

Course costs include handbooks, Certificate and all assessment materials. Home working/practice is needed with this course. This course enables you to register on REP's at Level 3.

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Course Duration

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Course Cost

Full course £700.00
With existing L3 theory £600.00 Pay Monthly available

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