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Fitness, Health and Exercise HND

(SCQF level 8)

Sport & Fitness, Hospitality and Leisure

Apply for year one entry Apply for year two entry

Mode of Study


Start Date

24th Aug 2020, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course is most suited to those with an interest in the fields of fitness, health and exercise. The new framework has been developed to include industry recognition in the form of the endorsement by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS).

You can leave the course after Year 1 and achieve the HNC Fitness, Health and Exercise and Gym Instructor qualification.

On successful completion of Year two, you'll be awarded the Level 3 Personal Trainer accreditation.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above including English; OR
  • NQ/NC qualification at level 6 in a Sport and Fitness related subject; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.
  • Applications are welcome from those without formal qualifications who can demonstrate an active interest in sport or fitness.

Additional selection requirements

  • You’ll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you’ll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you’re interested in this subject area.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

Year one (HNC/D):

  • Exercise Physiology and Anatomy.
  • Exercise Principles and Programming.
  • Plan, Teach and Evaluate a Gym-based Exercise Session.
  • Plan, Teach and Evaluate a Group Exercise Session with Music.
  • Managing a Sport, or Fitness Related Event.

Year two (HND):

  • Applied Exercise Prescription.
  • Applied Nutrition.
  • Core Strength and Stability.
  • Current Exercise Trends.
  • Metabolic Considerations.

After the course


This course will suit individuals wishing to pursue careers in sports clubs, private fitness facilities, local authorities and government sports initiatives; ranging from personal training and exercise instruction to teaching physical education, or working within sports science.

You may also look at self-employment in fitness, exercise prescription and athletic conditioning.

Continuing Study

Successful students can progress to degree courses in related courses, including:

  • BA Sports at Strathclyde and Stirling universities.
  • BA Health & Fitness at University of West of Scotland.
  • BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning at Abertay University.
  • International Sports Management at Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    24th Aug 2020, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome