If you have a passion for exercising and keeping fit, an interest in personal training or leading exercise classes or working directly with clients to help them improve their health and wellbeing then this course will help you lay the foundations for a career in the sport and fitness industry
Whether you have ambitions of becoming a gym instructor, personal trainer, fitness instructor even if you are as yet unsure of what exactly you want to do in the sport and fitness industry, the HND in Fitness, Health and Exercise will introduce you to the exciting and challenging world of fitness leadership.
The HND is a group award that is formed from a framework of SQA units, which are studied at SCQF level 7 (in first year) and 8 (in second year). In addition further optional national governing body coaching awards are offered to enhance each student's employability.
The course consists of a mixture of practical and theoretical subjects, with lots of opportunities to develop new skills in a wide variety of fitness assessment, exercise prescription and practical instructing units.
For this reason you should be enthusiastic about engaging in rigorous physical activity and be prepared to participate in many different activities including weightlifting, circuit training, group based exercise and a wide range of other fitness conditioning modalities.
You should also be prepared to lead groups of participants and individuals ranging from classmates to school children, through group based exercise sessions and one to one sessions in the fitness suite.
Public speaking, working as part of a team and performing in front of others are essential skills in this sector and you must be prepared to get involved.
This course is suitable for those leaving school with at least two relevant Higher qualifications at grade "C" or above. For those returning to education, life skills and experience in the workplace may allow entry subject to availability although evidence of an ability to cope with the academic level of the course would be required.
Please note: Students will be expected to purchase at least one item of college sports clothing. This clothing carries the college logo, is high quality and represents very good value for money. All students accessing Aberdeen Sports Village are expected to wear college kit at all times.
Also, students studying an HND will be expected to have access to a laptop for use in class.
WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?
This course is aimed at developing the skills of people who are interested in working in the sport and fitness industry, specifically in the area of fitness, health and exercise instruction.
The course is comprised of a wide variety of subjects spanning the whole spectrum of sport science and fitness leadership from exercise physiology, gym instructing and sports nutrition to event management and exercise testing.
Applicants should be extremely passionate about participating in sport and fitness activities and should be enthusiastic about the prospect of leading and instructing others in a practical coaching environment.
The course provides students with the opportunity to develop a wide range of fitness leadership and exercise prescription skills whilst at the same time developing their knowledge of the key underpinning scientific principles that support practical performance.
Students are also provided with opportunities to build their confidence, improve their practical leadership skills and develop essential life skills including effective written and oral communication; the ability to solve problems and the ability work well with others.
Emphasis is also placed on developing academic research and literacy skills in preparation for employment or progression to university level study.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
This course involves a variety of assessment methods and is mainly assessed on a continuous basis and does not include an external end of course examination. Coursework takes the form of essays, practical performances, written evidence, presentations and group based projects.
PROGRESSION ROUTES / CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
On successful completion of the course students may progress to year 3 of the Robert Gordon University's BSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Science. Progression to RGU is subject to achieving specific grades in specified units and successful interview. Students are also able to progress to other universities or pursue employment.
COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES
Exercise Physiology & Anatomy
Mechanics for the Health and Fitness Professional.
Physical Activity for Children
Applied Fitness Assessment and Diagnostic Testing
Exercise Principles and Programming
Nutrition for Fitness, Health and Exercise
Health and Safety Legislation: An Introduction
First Aid for Sport
Applied Nutrition and Health Assessment
Getting Started in Business
Research Investigation in Sport
Plan, Teach and Evaluate a Group Exercise with Music Session
Plan, Teach and Evaluate a Gym Based Exercise Session
Current Exercise Trends
Swimming Pool Lifeguard: Skills and Practice
Swimming Teachers: An Introduction
AT WHICH COLLEGE CENTRE WILL I STUDY?
Tel: + 44 (0)1224 612330
TO APPLY FOR THIS COURSE
Or complete this application form and send it to the following address:
The Admissions Manager,
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus
Aberdeen AB25 1BN