Access to HNC Fitness, Health and Exercise - Level 6 (January)

Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
23 Jan 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
Short Full-Time
18 weeks January to June

Access to HNC Fitness, Health and Exercise includes recognised National Governing Body (NGB) Awards and SQA accredited units. The course was developed in response to student feedback and enables a smoother transition to HN level study. These NGB qualifications are recognised in the industry by external partners such as CIMSPA, various private fitness clubs and Glasgow Life, and include YMCA Level 1 Fitness & Physical Activities, Fatburn Extreme and Rebound (Trampets).

What will I learn?

Over this 18 week course you will learn:

  • YMCA Level 1 Fitness and physical activities
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Developing research skills
  • First aid
  • Exercise with music
  • CIMSPA - Industry skills

A PVG will be carried out at the start of this course.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • A current and active interest in sport and fitness
  • Three National 5s with C pass or above, or equivalent, one of which must be English-based, or
  • Any relevant Level 5 course such as NQ Sport and Fitness, or Introduction to Sport and Fitness
  • Entry will be by interview aand a written task. References on request.
  • We will consider your application if you have relevant experience and can demonstrate an active interest in fitness or sport but no formal qualifications.
  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Entry requirement equivalency table  

Employer and industry links

The College has excellent links with:

  • Rebound UK
  • Tri-HiiT
  • T30 Fitness
  • MyZone
  • Private, public and voluntary fitness centres
  • Active schools

Jobs and further study

Successful completion, attendance, attitude and attainment of this course will allow entry to HND Fitness, Health & Exercise where you can achieve CIMSPA recognised Level 2 Gym Practitioner and Level 3 Personal Trainer.

Successfully completing this course can also lead to progression to HND Coaching and Developing Sport.

Students who have been successful on this course have also gained employment as Leisure Centre Attendants and Sports Coaches.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply:

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • If you meet the entry requirements or have qualifications pending you will then be invited in for an interview
  • Interviews will take place from November and may continue until the course starts in January
  • When you attend the interview you must bring a copy of your qualifications
  • The College’s admissions department will email you an electronic version of the reference form. Please print this and ask your referee to complete it before bringing it along to your interview along with a copy of your relevant proof of entry qualifications.
  • If you are unable to bring these documents to the interview you will be unable to be offered an unconditional offer.

The interview will take the form of a one-to-one interview where you will be asked to discuss your interests and experience in sport and fitness.

You will be required to complete a short-written task – you will be given a couple of statements; you select one and give your views on the topic.

During the interview, you will hear about the course and get the chance to ask any questions about the course.

Your qualifications will be checked followed by a group interview. 

After you have attended your interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 1 – 2 weeks. The outcome would be one of the following:

  1. unconditional place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place
  2. conditional place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualification which you may not be able to provide us until August. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional
  3. waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, however, the course is full. If any spaces become available you may be contacted usually around about the course start date.
  4. unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.

Once an offer is received you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding. This will normally be sent out within three weeks of you accepting the place.

You will also be sent details on an information day. This normally takes place in June and will give you the chance to meet other students on your course, get a tour of the college, meet some ex-students and get a chance to speak to people from industry.

You will then be sent out information about the induction date. This will take place in January, 2–3 weeks before your course starts.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3372