This course will give you an excellent start if your ambition is to have a rewarding career through working in the Fitness, Health and Exercise related industries.


  • Health & Wellbeing for Fitness and Exercise
  • Performance Practice
  • Observation and Analytic Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Supporting, Mentoring, Motivational and Role Model Skills
  • Working effectively with different ages, stages and abilities
  • Ethical Practitioner 
  • One year full-time

HNC Core Units

  • Working effectively and safely with clients
  • Exercise and fitness: health and safety management
  • Exercise physiology and anatomy
  • Exercise principles and programming
  • Health screening
  • Nutrition for fitness, health and exercise
  • Fitness, health and exercise graded unit 1
  • First Aid for sport and fitness

Key Optional Units

  • Plan, teach, and evaluate a group exercise with music session
  • Plan, teach, and evaluate a gym-based exercise session

External Candidates

One of the following:

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above ideally including English
  • A sport and fitness related course at SCQF Level 6
  • Relevant industrial experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis

You will also require a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland in order to go out on the placement(s) as part of this course

Internal Candidates

  • Advanced Certificate: Sport and Fitness (minimum of 13 SQA assessed credits)
  • You will also require a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland in order to go out on the placement(s) as part of this course
  • HND: Fitness, Health and Exercise SCQF Level 8
  • It is possible to progress on to a degree at university from this course - see our HE and Degree Pathways guide for more information
  • Fitness instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • Gym supervisor/manager
  • Health development officer
  • Leisure attendant/pool lifeguard
  • Community physical activity development
  • Youth work incorporating sport and fitness
  • Lifestyle coach
  • Active schools coordinator
  • Self-employment
  • Fitness related kit is required to take part in practical activities, such as trainers, tracksuit bottoms, training tops, and shorts
  • You will be provided with a Fife College polo shirt, used for leading clients or client groups
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise