• Sport and Fitness

    NC Sports and Fitness

  • SCQF Level

    Level 5

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

Start Here

Our NC Sports and Fitness course can be studied at our Ayr and Kilmarnock campuses. The course at our Ayr Campus is a short full-time course from August 2022 to January 2023, with the option of continuing the course from January 2023 until the end of term. The course at Kilmarnock is full-time.

Your course will incorporate units at SCQF Level 5 and 6 in order to ensure a smooth progression towards higher level sport and fitness units/qualifications.

If you’re into sport and fitness and are thinking about a future career in the sport or fitness industry, this course can help you get started.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in sport and fitness
  • National 4s or an NC at SCQF Level 4 and ideally you should hold some National 5 qualifications
  • An interview with us
  • To become a member of the PVG scheme

If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

This course gives you a good introduction to sport and fitness, with a particular focus on the fitness industry, its opportunities and what you’ll need for a successful career in it.

You’ll spend most of your time in our fitness suites and sports facilities, both indoor and outdoor. Motivation and participation is essential, and you’ll work alongside your peers, gaining confidence and developing leadership skills.

Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:

  • Contemporary Fitness and Exercise Training - ever tried spin, HIIT or plyometrics? It all sounds a bit painful, but you'll love it!
  • Planning Personal Fitness - you’ll create a plan to improve your own level of fitness. How tough will you be on yourself?
  • Nutrition, Health and Wellbeing - "You are what you eat", so let’s find out what’s best for your body.
  • Sports Activities - you’ll develop your own skills in football, badminton and volleyball so you can coach them effectively.
  • Circuit Training - you’ll improve your own fitness with exercise for your whole body, featuring every component of fitness training.
  • Resistance Training - it’s all about Push and Pull, as you safely train those muscles for strength.
  • Teamwork through Sport and Recreation - "Teamwork makes the dream work". We all need the support of a team to ensure success, and you’ll practise this through a range of activities.
  • Developing Leadership within Physical Activities - you’ll plan your own short coaching session to try and improve your players.
  • Citizenship through Sport and Fitness - you’ll have the chance to volunteer in your local community, making you more employable and successful.
  • Human Anatomy, Physiology and Physical Activities - you’ll learn about bones, muscles and breathing, and how it all works.

Go Anywhere

In this course you will have built transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto a Level 6 course such as Advanced Sports and Fitness or, with outstanding achievement, an HNC such as HNC Coaching and Developing Sport
  • Exploring your future career options such as Active Schools opportunities, Sports Coach opportunities or Leisure Centre roles.

With additional qualifications at Level 6 or HNC/D Level (Level 7/8), other career options will become possible.

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2022

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2022

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