Fitness, Health and Exercise HND @ SCQF Level 8


This course will further develop the skills and knowledge you will need for a career in the fitness, health & exercise industry.

On successful completion of your course you can register for the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) Level 3 Personal Trainer accreditation.  

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

A HNC in Fitness, Health and Exercise qualification along with a positive 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 will be given a date and time slot to take part in a phone interview. You must confirm your interview.

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 on related degree programmes.

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 track record of bringing out the best in their students.