Sport & Fitness

The sport and fitness industry is growing because of developing interest in personal fitness and health. The number of people in the UK using gyms stands at over 9.7 million: an all-time high. Some of this increase is down to new developments, such as ‘no frills’ gyms like PureGym and Xercise4Less- this means that there are job opportunities for qualified practitioners.

We offer various sport and fitness courses from level 4 Preparation to Sport and Fitness to HND together with the opportunity to complete additional qualifications such as coaching badges as well as CIMPSA registration as a gym instructor practitioner and/or personal trainer practitioner, level 2 (gym instructor) and level 3 (personal trainer). These all prepare you for a career in the industry.

We have excellent links with local employers and related organisations, which means students learn directly from specialists. Previous sport and fitness students have benefited from sessions with Xcite, Grandmasters Martial Arts, Universities and the Royal Marines.

Learning happens everywhere, not just in classrooms. We’ve taken our students on visits to the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines in Devon, Manchester United Football Club for a tour and nutrition session, Stirling University for a Sports development talk, tour and sport related session and Xcite for a health and safety tutorial. As well as our on-site fitness suite, our current sport and fitness students can use Xcite facilities for athletics on the track, sessions in the gym and fitness classes.

Many of our sport and fitness students complete a work placement to develop practical experience. Work placements let students gain meaningful work experience within industry before they embark on their career. It can even lead to permanent job offers. For example, some previous students who completed work placements with Xcite are now in permanent employment with the company on completing the course.

We have various sports clubs which you can join or contribute to during your time at college, including football, futsal, rugby, badminton and more.

We’ll also encourage you to start your own club if you are interested in a sport which we don’t offer.

Luke Mullen is studying HNC Fitness, Health & Exercise at West Lothian College, and talks about his experience on the course.