Sport and Fitness SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

The sport and fitness market continues to expand and this course will provide with a general introduction to the sport and leisure industries and to fitness, health and exercise. This is a nationally recognised SQA programme, where you will gain a National Certificate in Sport and Fitness. The course is a combination of practical and theory. You will develop essential skills for working in the leisure and fitness industry, including team work, leadership and fitness trends. You'll build confidence and knowledge in various practical subjects such as basketball, football, rugby and athletics, and discover the underpinning knowledge around subjects including nutrition, anatomy and physiology.

The course will enable you to progress on to further study or employment in the leisure industry.


Entry requirements

  • Your commitment to sport should be evident from your personal statement.
  • Three National 4s at a pass is desirable.
  • Involvement with a sports club is also desirable.
  • You might be asked to attend an interview.

The course includes a combination of theory and practical work.

  • Sporting activity participation and performance. 
  • Competing in sport 
  • Developing leadership
  • Teamwork through sport and recreation
  • Nutrition, health and wellbeing 
  • Anatomy and physiology


All specialist equipment is provided.

Non-bursary students will need to purchase their own basic sports kit.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Face to face.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Inverness Campus

Start date



If you have been living in the UK for at least 3 years, are ordinary resident in Scotland before the course start date it is likely that you will not have to pay fees for your full time course.  Please check our Fee Waiver Policy.

Full time students will automatically receive the fee waiver if they are eligible. We will use the information provided on your course application form to determine whether you are eligible. 

Scottish students

Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)



Full-time per year



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:

Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)


Full-time per year


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:

Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)


Full time per year


 Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

Please contact if you have any further questions on fees.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Students who successfully complete this course can progress onto Sport Studies (SCQF 6). Students may also go onto employment in a range of leisure and fitness roles including leisure assistants.

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"This is ideal for someone thinking of working in the leisure industry, providing a taster of the different career option. It will allow them to start their journey towards being a coach or personal trainer," - Shona Ramsay, lecturer Sport & Fitness.

Apply for Sport and Fitness SCQF Level 5

I want to start in 2023/24

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Inverness. UHI Inverness operates 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 age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.