Aquaculture SCQF 4 (Work-based) NPA

What is special about this course?

Have you just entered into employment at a fish farm and have little or no prior knowledge of the aquaculture industry? This course will give you a good basic knowledge of the industry and prepare you for further study on the Modern Apprenticeship in Aquaculture.

Entry requirements

Students must be employed as farm technicians at a fish farm.

  • Ropes and Knot work
  • Level 2 Powerboat and VHF
  • Northern European Aquaculture
  • Scottish Fisheries
  • Finfish an Introduction
  • Shellfish an Introduction
  • Basic Seamanship


The practical equipment will be supplied by the fish farm where the students work.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

The course is delivered on-line using Brightspace. Assessment are downloaded from Brightspace and uploaded when complete.

The practical science part of the course is completed at the student’s place of work using the equipment they have, and the work is signed off by the fish farm manager.

The practical element of the course the RYA level 2 powerboat will be completed at the Mallaig Training Centre or Ullapool Learning centre between February and May at a mutual convenient date for both the student and the college. The Short-Wave Radio course is completed by online training using the RYA interactive site and then the students attend for one day at Mallaig Training Centre or Ullapool Learning centre to complete a VHF radio exam with an external examiner.

An online tutorial will be available once a month for students to discuss work.

How long will my course last?

27 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • Work Based
    • Employers Premises


Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Route 1: Join The NQ in Maritime and Aquaculture Skills Course.

Route 2: Modern Apprenticeship in Aquaculture Level 2 and then Level 3.

Is there more information available online?

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI North, West and Hebrides. UHI North, West and Hebrides operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.