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Sport & Fitness

Exercise and Fitness Studies

Campus Milton Road Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 5

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2022

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Course overview

Exercise and Fitness Studies is designed to channel your ambition to work in the leisure industry and allows you to take your first step towards a rewarding career as a fitness instructor. During this course you will gain formal qualifications needed for further study. This is an intensive course and you will cover both theory and practical elements as well as develop a broad range of knowledge and basic skills in exercise and fitness. During the course you will be given the option to discuss the most appropriate progression routes for you. The focus of this course is on the individual and will ensure you have the skills and qualifications to progress to a further study course of your choice. 

What you will learn

  • Planning Personal Fitness and Fitness for Others 
  • Exercise and Fitness  
  • Programming Theory 
  • Basic Nutrition 
  • Anatomy and Exercise 
  • First Aid 
  • Resistance Training 
  • Instructor Skills 
  • Circuits and Group Exercise 
  • Communication  
  • ICT  
  • Numeracy  
  • Working with Others  
  • Problem Solving 
  • Understanding of the Work Environment in the Exercise and Fitness Industry 

Placement information


How the course is assessed

You will be continually assessed through a variety of methods including written assessments, logbooks, group exercises, projects, assignments, practical tasks and observations. 

Number of days per week

  • 4-5 days per week 

Entry requirements

  • Three passes at National 4, English and/or a science subject is preferred 
  • Appropriate experience would be helpful either from placements undertaken at school or other involvement in the industry but is not essential 
  • If you do not have the formal requirements but you are a mature student or one who wishes to change career or perhaps retrain following a career break to raise a family, you are welcome to apply 
  • In these or other cases we would consider work experience, life skills and potential ability 

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • You will be invited to attend an interview where you will be expected to demonstrate a knowledge of and active participation in exercise and fitness 
  • The interview will include a practical element 
  • The interview session may also include some written work to assess your general knowledge in exercise and fitness activities and identify your personal aims objectives and potential career path 
  • There will be a one to one discussion with a member of the sport and fitness team 

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • Exercise Instructor course taught at Edinburgh College 
  • HNC/D in Fitness Health and Exercise taught at Edinburgh College 

Career options

It may be possible for you to gain direct entry to employment as a/in: 

  • Leisure attendant  
  • Private health clubs  
  • Local authority  
  • Leisure centres 
  • Fitness facilities within Edinburgh the Lothians and Scottish Borders 

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Milton Road Campus Full time 29/08/22 41 Weeks

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