Fitness Health and Exercise HND

Course code 006C

What is special about this course?

The HND Fitness, Health and Exercise is designed to build on the HNC award and develop your skills and knowledge. You will advance your study of fitness, health and exercise activities and related areas, specifically increasing awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of fitness and health and developing an understanding of the need to involve participants fully in their own fitness and health development.

You will be able to give ownership of programmes to individuals, enabling optimum customer service and developing and applying transferable exercise skills with specific populations.

Special features

  • On completion of this course you may also be eligible to apply to enter the Register of Exercise Professionals (REP) at Level 3, therefore better preparing you for employment in the industry
  • You will have the opportunity to make use of sport and fitness facilities across the region


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

Entry requirements

Entry to Year 1 of this course, HNC:

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A Levels at grade D or above
  • These should preferably include English plus a science subject or Mathematics
  • Alternatively, the completion of a relevant sports-related NC or NQ 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

Advanced entry:

Year 1 - HNC

Year 1 of the HND is the HNC Fitness Health and Exercise.

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • Applied exercise prescription for specialist population groups 
  • Applied fitness assessment for specialist population groups 
  • Applied nutrition assessment and prescription 
  • Current exercise trends 
  • Fitness, health and exercise: graded unit 2 
  • Getting started in business

Option units may include:

  • Core strength and posture
  • Deliver personal training sessions
  • Flexibility training
  • Mechanics for the health and fitness professional
  • Metabolic considerations for personal trainers
  • Planning and management of personal training
  • Research in sport and fitness: an introduction

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: 2 years
  • Part-time (structured): 4 years
  • Part-time (unstructured): 4 years +

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September


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.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your course you might want to consider the following employment opportunities:

  • Fitness instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • Gym supervisors/managers
  • Community activity development
  • Active schools coordinator

Opportunities also exist within the NHS and private training providers, as well as self-employment.

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of the HND Fitness, Health and Exercise, you may be able to progress to the third year of the BSc (Hons) Sport and Fitness or the BA (Hons) Sports Management.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2022

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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.