This course follows on from HNC: Fitness, Health and Exercise. You will need to have passed the HNC prior to enrolling on the HND: Fitness, Health and Exercise.

Working with a range of client groups and individuals, this course provides you with further knowledge and skills for careers in the health and fitness industry. You will gain experience in motivating clients to be become more physically active as well as improve their diet, health and wellbeing. 

Students who successfully complete this HND course can register with the Chartered Institute for Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and be granted with the professionally recognised Level 3 Personal Trainer award. 

CIMSPA is the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector which recognises the qualifications and expertise of health-enhancing exercise instructors in the UK. One of its key functions is to provide a system of regulation for instructors and trainers to ensure that they meet the health and fitness industry’s agreed national occupational standards. Once qualified you should register with them.

  • One year full-time

HND Core Units

  • Applied exercise prescription
  • Applied fitness assessment and diagnostic testing
  • Applied nutrition and health assessment
  • Current exercise trends
  • Getting started in business
  • Working safely and effectively with clients
  • Fitness, health and exercise: graded unit 2

Key Optional Units

  • Planning and management of personal training
  • Deliver personal training sessions
  • Strength and conditioning for sports performance
  • Core strength and posture

External Candidates

  • Provide evidence of a recent HNC in Fitness, Health and Exercise (Ideally you will have 15 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

Internal Candidates

  • Pass HNC: Fitness, Health and Exercise
  • Positive Internal Learner Reference to support your application
  • You will also require a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland in order to go out on the placement(s) as part of this course
  • 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
  • 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