Introduction to Sport Fitness and Outdoor Studies NC

What is special about this course?

This taster course provides a general introduction to the sport, fitness and outdoor industries, giving you insight into careers including sports coach, fitness instructor and outdoor education instructor. You will enjoy a variety of different sports, taught in a relaxed environment, enabling you to develop confidence, knowledge and skills, helping you plan your next step in terms of career or further study.

There will be physical activity on a daily basis and you will be encouraged to step outside your comfort zone.

The primary drivers of the course are fitness, confidence and knowledge.

Introduction to Sport, Fitness and Outdoor Studies is taught alongside Preparation for Uniformed and Emergency Services.

Entry requirements

  • Your commitment to sport should be evident from your personal statement.
  • You should have achieved awards at National 3 level or equivalent.
  • You might be asked to attend an interview.

This course is designed to provide basic skills in a wide range of activities for those who are not certain of their chosen career path.

You will study:

  • sporting activity - badminton;
  • sporting activity - volleyball;
  • exercise and fitness - resistance training;
  • exercise and fitness - circuit training;
  • conditioning for strength assessments.
  • opportunities to participate in other sporting activities, including football, basketball and uni hockey.

These units will enhance your fitness levels and coaching skills, developing confidence and knowledge. Activities take place in our four-court sports hall and state-of-the-art fitness suite.

  • sporting activity - mountain biking;
  • sporting activity - hill walking;
  • sporting activity - orienteering;
  • map reading and land navigation;
  • problem solving;
  • assisting with an event.

These adventure training units are designed to help you work as a team, build confidence and develop skills required for uniformed and emergency services and sporting industries. Activities take place within the Inverness area including the Cairngorms, Glen Affric and the Great Glen, Learnie Red Rocks Trails on the Black Isle and Fyrish Monument, Ross-shire.

  • fitness for the uniformed and emergency services;
  • accident prevention and first aid;
  • an introduction to the uniformed and emergency services.

These units are specifcally designed to enhance the skillset required for careers in the uniformed and emergency services. 

  • core skills - numeracy;
  • core skills - communication;
  • core skills - IT.

These core units will enhance your existing skills and prepare you for further study, entry exams or the world of work.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Face to face and via the university's virtual learning environment.

How long will my course last?

1 Years

Where can I study my course?

    • Inverness Campus

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You may be eligible to apply for an Educational Maintenance Allowance or Bursary.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completing this course, you will have a much greater understanding of the range of careers in the sporting industries. Many students go on to successfully pursue employment in the fitness or outdoor industry or successfully apply to the uniformed and emergency services.

Many students progress on to further study, including NC Outdoor Pursuits, or SCQF Level 5 Sport & Fitness, leading to Level 6 Sports Studies and beyond.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

"This is a great taster course for somebody whose interested in sport, fitness and the outdoors, helping them to decide what they want to do in the future, whether that's further study at a higher level - with some students choosing to go on and study right up to degree level,"

Rab Boyd, programme leader and ex-Sergeant Major

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