Fitness, Health and Exercise HND @ SCQF Level 8


This course builds on the HNC and you will advance your study of fitness, health and exercise activities and related areas. The HND covers a wide variety of subjects including personal instructing, strength management, and managing sports events.

The HNC and HND 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. The learner will be required to pay for this. Learners will also be required to purchase a sports kit. Further information will be provided at your ‘Information and Interview Session.’

Course code





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

Entry Requirements

HNC in Fitness, Health, and Exercise qualification along with a positive learner reference.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Progressing students from Dumfries and Galloway College will not be required to attend an Interview session, however, you will be required to pass the HNC with a positive learner reference.  
For external applicants; 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. 

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

Course Content

  • Applied Exercise Prescription for Specialist Population Groups 
  • Applied Fitness Assessment for Specialist Population Groups 
  • Applied Nutrition Assessment and Prescription 
  • Current Exercise Trends 
  • Getting Started in Business 
  • Metabolic Considerations for Personal Training 
  • Core Strength and Posture 
  • Delivering Personal Training Sessions 
  • Planning and Management of Personal Training 


The course content is subject to change.


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


On successful completion of the course, you can progress to university. Dependent on the university you may be able to gain entry to 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of study.

Career Prospects

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

Previous students on this course have moved on to: 

Further study at university 
Scholarships abroad 

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 record of accomplishment in bringing out the best in their students.