180417GCC JLX5043
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
24 Aug 2020
Qualification Type
Course Type
Short Full-Time
6 months (18 weeks)

This fitness, health and exercise course gives you the skills, expertise and relevant vocational qualifications for employment in the fitness and leisure industry.

74% of our learners who completed NQ Fitness, Health and Exercise moved on our HND Fitness, Health and Exercise course.

This course contains practical elements which you must be physically fit to undertake.

A PVG will be required to undertake any coaching placements/work experience which may be included in the course.

What will I learn?

Student comments regarding the course:

‘The course was amazing! It built my confidence, the one to one guidance was amazing to help with my learning. The practical bits of the course really helped me with the knowledge to move onto HND Fitness…I am so glad I did this course first’

‘The course has plenty of practical classes. Even theory subjects like anatomy and physiology had a practical element to help fully understand what you learned in the classroom. Also I took a running club for staff and students at lunchtimes as you get recognised qualifications such as; Jog Leaders, First Aid, Indoor Cycling, Rebound, Gym Instructor Level 1.’

The course consists of Level 6 units which cover a range of practical and theoretical sports-related units. Units can include:

  • Human Physiology
  • Circuit Training
  • Planning Personal Fitness
  • Resistance Training
  • Introduction to Research.

A programme of team building and leadership skills is undertaken, along with Introduction to Research, Information Technology, Free Weights and Planning Personal Fitness. 

Employer and industry links

The College has excellent links with Active Schools, various fitness facilities and Local Authorities.

Jobs and further study

  • Access to HNC Fitness, Health and Exercise (NEW for January 2021)
  • Access to HNC Coaching and Developing Sport (NEW for January 2021)
  • HND Fitness, Health and Exercise
  • HND Coaching and Developing Sport

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Three relevant subjects at National Level 5 with C pass or above, one of which must be English-based, or
  • Any relevant Level 5 course such as NQ Sport and Fitness (Level 5), or Introduction to Sport and Fitness (January Start), including a pass at Level 5 Communications
  • You must have an active interest in sport or fitness
  • Entry will be by interview, a short test and two acceptable references to determine suitability for this course
  • We will consider your application if you have relevant experience and can demonstrate an active interest in fitness or sport but no formal qualifications.

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 in 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 one-to-one 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 followed by a group interview. You will 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
  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 August, 2–3 weeks before your course starts.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6027