Fitness Health and Exercise HNC

UCAS code 206C
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

If you have a passion for health and fitness and would like to teach others the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, the HNC Fitness, Health and Exercise will give you the appropriate skills and training to work in a range of roles within the health and fitness industry.

You will study principles and programming; fitness testing and assessment; first aid; sports injury; leadership and personal effectiveness; anatomy and exercise physiology; and nutrition, diet and weight control.

Special features

You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances

Entry requirements

  • Normally 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above or
  • 2 A levels at grade D or above
  • Alternatively, a relevant sports related National Progression Award at SCQF level 6 or above
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis
  • You may be required to attend an interview
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course

Access routes

  • NQ Sport & Recreation
  • NQ Sport & Fitness
  • NQ Outdoor Adventure

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Exercise and Fitness: Health and Safety Management 
  • Exercise Physiology and Anatomy 
  • Exercise Principles and Programming 
  • First Aid for Sport and Fitness 
  • Health Screening 
  • Nutrition for Fitness, Health and Exercise 
  • Working Safely and Effectively with Clients 
  • Fitness, Health and Exercise: Graded Unit 1 

Option units include:

  • Plan Teach and Evaluate Group Exercise with music sessions 
  • Plan, Teach and Evaluate Gym Based Exercise sessions
  • Inclusive Sports Provision: An Introduction
  • Workexperience
  • Psychology of Sports Coaching
  • Exercise and Fitness Safety Management
  • Manage a Sports or Fitness Related Event
  • Physical Activity for Children
  • Plan Teach and Evaluate Group Exercise Session
  • Swimming Pool Lifeguard: Skills and Practice

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

How will I study my course?

  • Full time
  • Part time (structured)
  • Part time (unstructured)

You will study by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom, and practical work in college sports facilities

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 1 year
  • Part time: 2 years

Start date

September

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year
£1,285
Part-time (per HN unit) £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit) £434

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit)** £434

 **There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your course you might want to consider employment as instructor, exercise teacher, fitness adviser or gym supervisor in a leisure centre, gym, or health club.

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Fitness Health and Exercise HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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