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  • Start date:   August 2021
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7


Please be aware this course is now full. You may still apply and if a space becomes available we will contact you. Alternatively, you can explore other courses on our website or email if you wish to speak to a member of staff.

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The HNC Fitness, Health and Exercise will allow you to work towards a range of careers in the industry. For example, fitness instructor, gym instructor, groups exercise instructor. You will also have the opportunity to take part in a range of industry related classes. 

Read about Mark Rumsey's West Lothian College experience here

  • What the course includes

    The course teaches you about the industry and gives you the skills for working with clients and leading group exercise sessions. Topics include:

    • Anatomy and exercise physiology
    • Group exercise  
    • Gym based sessions 
    • Nutrition for fitness
    • Health screening
    • Psychology of sports coaching
    • Exercise principles and programming

Why choose this course

You will have the chance to gain entry to the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) as a gym instructor practitioner. As part of your course you will complete a work placement experience in local gyms and primary schools. 

Entry requirements

  • Two Highers at grade C or above, one of which should be English
  • Level 6 sport and fitness plus Higher PE at grade C or above

We welcome applications from people with relevant life and work experience.

An Enhanced Disclosure Scotland application is required which you will do through the college if offered a place.

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

  • Where it leads

    Education: HND or degree-level courses in subjects related to fitness, health and exercise. Previous students have progressed onto sport studies or PE teaching courses at Queen Margaret UniversityNapier UniversityStirling University and The University of Edinburgh. 

    Employment: roles in a health and fitness suite, sports centre or health spa as a fitness instructor, lifestyle adviser or gym instructor. Previous students have found employment with local authority and private sector gyms. 

Interview arrangements

If you are invited for an interview/course information session, plan to be in college for around two hours. The interview includes:

  • An introduction from the course tutor
  • An individual interview
  • Short written task

Please bring your practical kit and be prepared to take part in fitness testing activities. Also bring evidence of your qualifications and/or employment references.

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.