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



For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

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.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

"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.


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