Fitness, Health & Exercise SCQF Level 8

This course is perfect for those who wish to work in the areas of fitness, health and exercise instruction.


Why take this course?

If you wish to work in the areas of fitness, health and exercise instruction then this course is the perfect option. You will study a wide variety of subjects spanning the whole spectrum of sport science and fitness leadership, as well as a PDA in Personal Training - students who complete units associated with this additional award may gain access to the Register of Exercise Professionals at level 3.

You will develop a wide range of fitness leadership and exercise prescription skills whilst building a good understanding of the key underpinning scientific principles that support practical performance.

What you will experience

You will cover a broad range of topics from exercise physiology, exercise trends and sports nutrition to personal training and exercise testing. You will also get the opportunity to complete a work placement where you’ll put your skills to the test in a real working environment and boost your leadership, team work and problem solving abilities.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study
2 Years
Subject area
View the full course specification PDF, 90KB

Entry requirements

Applicants should have two relevant Higher qualifications at Grade C or above. Physical Education, ICT, Maths, Biology, Chemistry or English would be considered relevant subjects.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course.

For those returning to education, life skills and experience in the workplace may allow entry subject to availability. Please note that in this case, evidence of an ability to cope with the academic level of the course would be required.

All applicants should be passionate about participating in sport and fitness activities, and the prospect of leading and instructing others in a practical environment.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Additional costs

You will be required to purchase the designated training kit/uniform, as well as update or apply for a PVG.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

At University

You can progress to university upon successful completion of this course. Full information is available in the course specification PDF.


Employment opportunities include work in sports clubs or private facilities, personal training or involvement in community sport and health initiatives. Role can include:

  • Athlete
  • Community Sport Worker
  • Leisure Manager
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Coach
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Sports Manager

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Places are still available on this course, commencing in August 2019. Please see below for your options.

Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
2 Years
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.