Fitness, Health and Exercise HNC @ SCQF Level 7


Our HNC in Fitness, Health and Exercise is your gateway to an industry-recognised qualification and a wealth of essential knowledge and practical skills, designed to propel your career in the dynamic world of fitness, health, and exercise.

What You’ll Gain:

  • Comprehensive Expertise: Throughout the program, you will delve into a diverse array of subjects, ranging from exercise programming and health screening to nutrition, first-aid for sports, exercise physiology and anatomy.
  • Professional Recognition: Our HNC program opens doors to membership with the prestigious Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), an invaluable mark of your commitment to excellence in the field.

Investing in Your Success:

  • Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Check: Your journey towards excellence will require a successful PVG check, a vital step in ensuring the safety and well-being of all. Please note that you will be charged around £59 for this.
  • Equipped for Excellence: As part of the program, you will also need to buy a specialised sports kit – items are individually priced.

Course code



Dumfries Campus


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.
  • PVG membership with a clear record

If you are currently studying at Dumfries & Galloway College, you will require a positive progressing learner reference along with successful completion of all qualifications on your current course.

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 have passed your previous course AND have gained a positive learner reference.

Entry to the course is competitive, demonstrate your motivation to be successful by filling in the application form and answering all the questions as fully as possible. You may be invited to an interview which could be face to face or over the phone. Check that you meet the entry criteria. We do our best to advise you of the correct level you should be studying at.

Course Content

You may study:

  • First Aid for Sport and Fitness
  • Working effectively and Safely with Clients
  • Health and Safety Management
  • Exercise, Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition for Fitness, Health, and Exercise
  • Plan, Teach and Evaluate Group Exercise Sessions
  • Plan, Teach and Evaluate Gym Based Exercise Sessions
  • Health Screening
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • You’ll review and reflect on your meta-skills

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

Transferrable meta-skills will also be embedded on the programme

You can also expect placement and experiential opportunities throughout the programme.

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