Fitness Health and Exercise HNC

UCAS code 206C

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.

The course will introduce you to the fundamental principles of training and science; the interdisciplinary nature of fitness and exercise; and how to involve individuals in their own fitness and health.

Special features

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

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above; OR
  • 2 A Levels at grade D or above;
  • These should include English plus a science subject or Mathematics
  • Alternatively, the completion of a relevant sports-related National Progression Award at SCQF level 6 or above
  • For mature student entry, requisite experience with evidence of potential to succeed
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply, appropriate industry related experience will be taken into consideration
  • You may be required to attend an interview
  • This is a Category 1 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required to successfully achieve target qualification, where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in key elements of the course. For further information visit our PVG scheme webpage

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 sport and physical activity for participants with disabilities
  • Inclusive sports provision: an introduction
  • Work experience
  • Psychology of sport and exercise
  • Psychology of sports coaching
  • 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?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised and placements will be introduced in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements may be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online, face to face or blended induction at the start of the 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

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,915
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £461

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

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

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230
Part-time (per HN credit) £468 £482

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Funding

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 a fitness instructor, exercise teacher, fitness adviser or gym supervisor; independently or in a leisure centre, gym or health club.

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of the HNC Fitness, Health and Exercise, you may be able to progress to the second year of the HND Fitness, Health and Exercise.

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