HNC Fitness Health and Excercise Girl with weights close up 3
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
24 Aug 2020
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 years (August to June)

Applications for this course are now closed.

This fitness, health and exercise course will give you the underpinning knowledge and practical leadership skills required to pursue a career in the fitness industry, within leisure centres, self-employment and/or progress into higher education including teaching.

A PVG will be required to undertake the mandatory placement which is embedded in the course.

You will be able to register as either a Level 2 Gym Instructor or a Level 3 Personal Trainer with the Register of Exercise Professionals upon successful completion of this course.

What will I learn?

First year

  • REPS recognised Level 2 Gym Instructor
  • Level 2 Exercise to Music (Studio Cycling/ETM)
  • Nutrition
  • Gym/Studio-Based Exercise
  • Exercise Physiology and Anatomy
  • Physical Activity for Children
  • Work Experience
  • Research (Graded Unit 1)

If you successfully complete the core HNC units along the Gym and/or Exercise to Music, you can also gain REPS Level 2.

Second year

  • REPS Recognised Level 3 Personal Trainer
  • Preparing to Start a Business
  • Metabolic considerations for Personal Trainers
  • Core Strength and Posture
  • Plan and Deliver Personal Training Sessions
  • Current Exercise Trends
  • Applied Nutrition
  • Applied Fitness Testing for Special Populations
  • Applied Exercise Prescription for Special Populations

What our students say:

‘This course, while tough throughout my 2 years, has set me up for university of which I achieved and I am now currently doing my masters.’

‘Your chance of employment is really good, the college know plenty of people in the industry, I am now a master trainer with one of their external partners.’

‘The teaching styles are good, plenty of interactive games and even theory learning becomes practical at times.’

Employer and industry links

The College has excellent links with:

  • National Governing Bodies (REPS, Cimspa, Pegasus, Les Mills, GameFit, Rebound UK, Tri-Hiit)
  • Glasgow Life Sport
  • David Lloyd, Pure Gym, Exercise 4 Less and more
  • Local Authorities including Primary and Secondary schools
  • Active School Co-ordinators.

Articulation Routes

Achieving an ‘A’ or ‘B’ in your graded units 1 and 2, the college has articulation routes with a new university course BSC (Hons) Sports Coaching at Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen) and this course will allow you to move onto/into:

  • Postgraduate in Teaching (e.g Physical education)
  • Sports Science internship (Masters, PhD)
  • Coaching Psychology
  • Performance Analysis
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach

Jobs and further study

  • 3rd year entry to BSc (Hons) Sports Science at the University of the West of Scotland
  • 3rd year entry to BSc (Hons) Sports Development at the University of the West of Scotland
  • Employment in the sports and fitness industry.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Two Highers at C or above, one of which must be English-based
  • A relevant Level 6 qualification in Sport such as NC Sport and Exercise (Level 6), NQ Health and Fitness (Level 6), NQ Sports Coaching (Level 6) or NQ Sport and Fitness (Level 6) - must include Communications at Level 6
  • Demonstrable active interest in sport or fitness
  • Two acceptable references
  • You will be required to attend an interview
  • If you can demonstrate an active interest in sport or fitness but don't meet the academic requirements, you can still be considered for this course upon successful completion of an entrance exam
  • If you have a relevant HNC, it may be possible to access Year 2 of the HND. Please contact the Faculty directly.

Entry requirement equivalency table

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

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 for an interview
  • Interviews will take place from February and may continue until the course starts in August
  • When you attend the interview you must bring a copy of your qualifications and your reference/s
  • 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 group interview where you will be asked to discuss your interests and experience in sport and fitness. During the interview, you will hear about the course and then carry out a short written paper. Your qualifications and references will be checked. You get the chance to ask any questions about the course.

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 place.
  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 College 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 be held in August, 2 – 3 weeks before your course starts.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6027