NCFE Diploma
Sport & Exercise Science Level 3 Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 6

Enhance your skills and knowledge to start a career in sport, fitness and wellbeing.


Why take this course?

This is an excellent opportunity for those who are passionate about, or would like to follow a career in sport, fitness and wellbeing. The course will cover fundamental topics which can be a basis for progression onto further studies or employment.

What you will experience

This course covers a variety of topics but specifically includes:

  • Exercise, health and lifestyle
  • Principles of anatomy and physiology
  • Preparing for a career in sport and physical activity
  • Sport and fitness related nutrition
  • Sports psychology
  • Fitness testing
  • Research in sport
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Key facts

Mode of study
1 Year
Subject area

Entry requirements

Applicants should have successfully completed the NCFE Level 2 Diploma in Sport, Exercise & Fitness. Alternatively, applicants should have a minimum of three National 5 (at grade B or above), Intermediate 1 or Standard Grade (at general level) qualifications, preferably including English. Appropriate life or work experience will also be considered as a suitable entry requirement.

A basic understanding of, and enthusiasm for, sport and fitness are essential for this course.

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.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course at North East Scotland College:


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

Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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Fraserburgh Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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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.