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  • Start date:   August 2021
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 8


This course develops from the HNC Fitness, Health and Exercise course. It enables students to develop practical leadership skills for working with individuals and groups. This course will also allow you to gain entry to Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA)  as a Personal Trainer Practitioner. 

Read about Vincent Robertson's West Lothian College experience here


Studying at West Lothian College allowed HND Fitness, Health and Exercise student Mark Taylor to start his own Personal Training business.

Find out more in this video


  • What the course includes

    The course covers skills and knowledge needed for work in the health and fitness industry and includes:

    • Applied exercise prescription
    • Applied fitness assessment
    • Applied nutrition
    • Preparing to start a business
    • Exercise application and leadership
    • Influence of diet, fitness and exercise on the population

Why choose this course

You will gain work experience and the skills and knowledge needed to work in the public or private sectors.

Entry requirements

  • HNC fitness, health and exercise with 15 credits at SCQF level 7

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: years 2 or 3 of degree-level courses in subjects relating to fitness, health and exercise. Previous students have progressed onto courses at The University of Stirling, The University of Dundee and The University of Aberdeen.

    Employment: personal trainer or exercise leader in a health and fitness suite, sports centre or health spa. Previous students have found employment with Xcite, Fire Service and Self employed as a  Personal trainer

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 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.