Introduction to Sport Fitness and Outdoor Studies SCQF Level 4

What is special about this course?

This course provides a general introduction to the sport, fitness and outdoor industries and is well designed to provide basic skills in a wide range of activities for those who are not certain of their chosen career path.  This course enables progression onto a wide range of SCQF 5 courses, including those specifically in Sport and Fitness or Outdoor Pursuits.

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 Year

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.

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"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

“My dad was in the RAF and we travelled all over with him, so I’d always been interested in joining the military. Preparation for the Uniformed and Emergency Services programme was a perfect opportunity to see whether it was the right career for me. I really enjoyed the course. It gave me the best grounding to improve my fitness levels and to find out more about the options available across the uniformed and emergency services through talks and visits," - Meghane Griffiths, who successfully passed her fitness assessments and joined The British Army’s Royal Logistic Corps as an ammunitions technician in May 2019. “The course definitely prepared me – it got my fitness levels up and my confidence levels. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but this course opened up my mind to different possibilities. Even if you’re not sure if the uniformed or emergency services are for you, it was the perfect platform to improve my fitness to prepare me for the next step.”

Apply for Introduction to Sport Fitness and Outdoor Studies SCQF Level 4

Applications for this subject are currently closed.

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