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Sport & Fitness

Exercise and Fitness Instructor Course (with Nutrition for Physical Activity)

Campus Granton Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 6

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2021

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Course overview

This course is designed to prepare you for employment in the exercise and fitness industry. You'll gain nationally recognised REPS and CIMSPA endorsed qualification as a Gym Instructor and Nutrition to Support Physical Activity. The course encourages you to develop the practical skills you need to become an instructor by delivering to your peer group and external participants in each discipline. 

You`ll learn about anatomy, physiology, group exercise, play in a sports environment, weight training and customer service to support these skills too. Whilst on the course there may also be the opportunity to sit a Lifeguard and First Aid Qualification to enhance your skill set even further. You'll be well prepared for employment with the potential to progress onto the HNC/D in Fitness Health and Exercise.

What you will learn

You will learn the practical skills and competencies in how to deliver a range of safe and effective exercise and physical activity sessions in the gym and fitness studio settings. You will gain a broad understanding of muscles, bones and energy systems, how the body responds to exercise, nutrition & healthy eating, how to encourage good lifestyle management & health awareness and how to provide a positive customer experience in the exercise and fitness environment.

In addition to this, there will be an opportunity to gain a recognised 1st Aid qualification and, for an additional fee, the potential to gain a pool lifeguard qualification.

Placement information


How the course is assessed

On an ongoing basis through e-assessment and a range of practical theoretical and project-based assessment methods.

Number of days per week

  • 4

Entry requirements

3 National 5s at `C` or above, preferably to include English and/or a science subject or perhaps a higher. National 4 Biology would also be advantageous.

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

At interview you will be expected to demonstrate your knowledge of and active participation in exercise and Fitness. The interview session will include practical elements based on current exercise themes, written work on your knowledge of exercise and fitness and a one to one discussion with a member of the sport and fitness team.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

On successful completion of this course there is potential to progress onto the HNC/D in Fitness Health and Exercise or the YMCA Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.


Career options

Access to jobs in the leisure industry such as a gym or fitness instructor.

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Granton Campus Full time 30/08/21 41 Weeks

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