Fitness, Health and Exercise

Forth Valley College


Falkirk Campus


This course is designed to provide a theoretical and practical background into the field of fitness, health and exercise, whilst meeting the needs of the fitness and health industry. The course will provide a strong foundation for future employment in this sector within the community, as well as the private and corporate sectors. This course will also develop the applied competencies of fitness, health and exercise within areas such as physiology, exercise principles and fitness instruction.

Year 1:
Work Experience; Research in Sport and Fitness: An Introduction; First Aid for Sport and Fitness; Psychology of Sports Coaching; Working Effectively and Safely with Clients; Exercise and Fitness: Health and Safety Management; Exercise Physiology and Anatomy; Exercise Principles and Programming; Health Screening; Nutrition for Fitness, Health and Exercise; Plan, Teach and Evaluate Gym Based Exercise Sessions; Plan, Teach and Evaluate Group Exercise Sessions; Fitness, Health and Exercise: Graded Unit.

Year 2:
Mechanics for the Health and Fitness Professional; Metabolic Considerations for Personal Trainers; Core Strength and Posture; Deliver Personal Training Sessions; Planning and Managment of Personal Training; Applied Exercise Prescription for Specialist; Population Groups; Applied Fitness Assessment for Specialist Population Groups ; Applied Nutrition Assessment and Prescription; Current Exercise Trends; Flexibility Training; Fitness, Health and Exercise: Graded Unit 2; Preparing to Start a Business.

Entry Requirements

Higher English and Physical Education plus 3 subjects at National 5 including Maths or a science subject; or successful completion of Pathway to Fitness, Health and Exercise; or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Interview and practical test.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Progression Routes

Related degree course

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Study Method

Full time

Course Length

2 years



SCQF Level