HND Next Gen Physical Activity & Health

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This new and exciting course can help turn a passion for physical activity, fitness and health into a nationally recognised qualification. The course is designed to provide you with the underpinning knowledge to work within the ever-expanding Physical Activity and Health industry, as well as the teaching and instructing skills for successful progression to the workplace or degree study. There will also be the opportunity to gain additional career-enhancing industry qualifications as part of your study.

The HND comprises of a range of practical sessions, lectures and group workshops delivered by vastly experienced health and fitness professionals and instructors.


This is the second year of a 2 year course. Only candidates who hold a HNC Next Gen Physical Activity & Health award are eligible to apply. 

Applicants who do not hold this qualification should first apply for the HNC Next Gen Physical Activity & Health.

Please note:

This course is subject to a Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check. Due to the high number of applications received, not all applicants who meet the minimum requirements can be selected for interview. Therefore, a well-written personal statement will be supportive in this process.
All applicants must submit a personal statement and include all qualification details within their application. 


As part of your second and final year of study you will complete a range of units that build upon your knowledge gained in the first year of the award.  Specialist case studies and innovative learning methods are used to enable you to gain an insight into working in this dynamic area, or preparing you for degree level of study.  Work placement opportunities completed throughout the year will allow you to put into practice the theoretical skills taught in the classroom, while build your confidence in the workplace.

Highly qualified staff will share current and relevant industry experience to motivate you to succeed. Optional units may vary across campuses.

As part of an on-going learning process, work is assessed throughout the year and assessments may be in the form of assignments, project work, case studies, oral and poster presentations, open and closed book assessments and tutor observations of practical performance. Ongoing tutor support will ensure learners are provided with support and feedback to meet the demands of this innovative course.

This award is jointly certificated with Sportscotland and the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA). This partnership will allow you to gain employment in a variety of roles and gain a better understanding of how you can support people in becoming more active and leading a healthy lifestyle.