This course will prepare you to access Higher National level courses or entry level employment within the sport and fitness industry. The units are delivered mainly at Higher level and include both sport and fitness topics, thereby providing you with a pathway on to HNC: Coaching and Development of Sport or HNC: Fitness, Health and Exercise.

Through the academic year, you will have the opportunity to specialise in either fitness or coaching related units – please see the optional units below.

  • One year full-time
  • Exercise and fitness: fixed weight training
  • Exercise and fitness: free weight training
  • Nutrition and health
  • Human physiology in the development of performance
  • Research skills
  • Sports mechanics: an introduction
  • First Aid
  • Sporting activities: Team and Individual
  • Core Skills, Work Ready Skills and Employability Skills will be developed on this course

Optional Units

  • Basic sports coaching techniques
  • Sporting activity participation and performance: Short Tennis
  • Sporting activity participation and performance: Basketball
  • Sports: investigate activity development opportunities in an organisation


  • Exercise and fitness: cardiovascular training
  • Planning personal fitness
  • Exercise and fitness: circuit training

External Candidates

One of the following:

  • Four National 5s at Grade C or above
  • A sport and fitness related course at SCQF Level 5
  • or
  • Relevant industry experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis


  • You may need a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland in order to go out on the placement(s) as part of this course

Internal Candidates

  • Intermediate Certificate: Sport and Fitness (minimum of 13 assessed credits)
  • You will need a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland in order to go out on the placement(s) as part of this course
  • Positive ILR

All Applicants will be invited for an Information Session

  • HNC: Coaching and Developing Sport SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Fitness, Health and Exercise SCQF Level 7
  • Gym supervisors
  • Active Schools assistant
  • Sport development assistant
  • Health development officer
  • Assistant coach (in a variety of sports)
  • Leisure attendant
  • Community/youth work

With further qualifications the following careers may be available to you you

  • Fitness instructor
  • Football development officer 
  • Personal trainer 
  • Pool Lifeguard
  • Sport and 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