Fitness, Health and Exercise HNC @ SCQF Level 7


This programme will give you an industry recognised qualification along with the key knowledge and practical skills required to pursue a career in the fitness, health and exercise industry. You will gain knowledge and expertise in a range of subjects including exercise programming, health screening, nutrition, first-aid for sport, exercise physiology, and anatomy.

The HNC in Fitness, Health and Exercise provides the opportunity to gain membership with Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

A PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) check must be successfully completed as part of this course, you will be required to pay for this. You will also be required to purchase a sports kit.

Further information will be provided at your ‘Information and Interview Session’.

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Attendance: Full Time 2 or 3 days per week, additional hours for work experience and attendance in the evening may be required.

Entry Requirements

Two Highers at grade C or above; OR
SCQF level 6 qualification in a sports related subject; OR
Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

If you are currently studying at Dumfries & Galloway College, you will also require a positive progressing learner reference.

You may be invited for an information and interview session where you will get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you are interested in this subject area.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be given a date and time slot to take part in an interview. You must confirm this interview.

It is important that you prepare well for your interview. During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. During your Information and Interview Session, you will be expected to provide positive responses to questions relating to your course choice, your future career, and your previous experiences in sport & fitness.

Course Content

You will study:

  • First Aid for Sport and Fitness
  • Working effectively and Safely with Clients
  • Health and Safety Management
  • Exercise, Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise Principles and Programming
  • Nutrition for Fitness, Health, and Exercise
  • Physical Activity for Children
  • Plan, Teach and Evaluate Group Exercise Sessions
  • Plan, Teach and Evaluate Gym Based Exercise Sessions
  • Health Screening
  • Strength and Conditioning

*The course content is subject to change.


Assessment is ongoing throughout the year and includes practical assessments and project work.


Students may apply to progress to the HND Fitness, Health, and Exercise or dependent on the university you may be able to gain entry to 1st or 2nd year of study on related degree programmes.

Career Prospects

The HNC Fitness, Health & Exercise can offer you excellent career opportunities in the sport and fitness industry.

Careers in:

  • Personal training
  • Fitness instructing
  • Uniformed services
  • Physiotherapy / Sports therapy
  • Strength & conditioning
  • Sports psychology

Additional funding information

You should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). Please visit for further details.

Selling Points

You will be taught by sport and fitness staff with significant industry experience and a proven track record of bringing out the best in their students.