Sport, Health and Fitness NQ

What is special about this course?

The NQ in Sport, Fitness and Health is a National Qualification aimed at school leavers or those interested in gaining a formal qualification within the Sport, Health and Fitness Industry. The course offers students an introduction to many of the subjects they would study at University, therefore, providing them with not only the knowledge to advance in this area but making their application more appealing. 

Students are given personalised teaching by lecturers who are both qualified highly to Masters level as well as having valuable industry knowledge in Personal Training and working alongside athletes in a Strength and Conditioning capacity. Students may also use this course as a pathway to further coaching opportunities as well as applying for their Level 2 Fitness Instructor and Level 3 Personal Training certificates. 

Entry requirements

  • Five National 5 qualifications at C or above with at least one literary subject
  • Completion of NC Child, Health and Social or SVQ level 2 in a care related subject 

Due to the practical nature of this course applicants must hold an acceptable level of fitness, This will be assessed at the time of interview.

One reference must be provided from a Sports Coach or PE Teacher.

  • Basic Sports Coaching/Sports Therapy
  • Sports Mechanics
  • Higher Psychology
  • Swedish Massage
  • Sports Mechanics
  • Sports Injuries
  • Core skills (numeracy, communication and IT)
  • NPA in Exercise and Fitness Leadership - developing theoretical knowledge and practical application e.g. fixed weights, free weights, circuit training and designing training programmes for individuals

This course award will provide candidates with a grounding in Sports Coaching, Sports Therapy and Exercise and Fitness Leadership.

The theoretical units covered are:

  • Nutrition, Therapy and Physiology, Sport Performance, Sport Mechanics and Sports Injuries.

The practical aspects of the course will include:

  • Cardiovascular, weight training and circuits.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

The course will be delivered entirely on a face-to-face basis for all theoretical and practical units. Learning resources will be made available through the UHI Virtual Learning Environment.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Years

Full time or 2 years part time

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso

Start date

Intakes are in September and January for the full time course.


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


Full time students may also apply for bursary funding. Part time students may be able to receive financial assistance through an ILA.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Progression onto the BSc Sport and Fitness degree or other degree level programmes
  • Sports Therapy and Health and Fitness industry employment.

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Apply for Sport, Health and Fitness NQ

I want to start in 2021/22

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