Aquaculture SCQF 5 (Work-based) SVQ

What is special about this course?

Learn on the job and work towards a qualification that progresses your career while still earning a living. The SVQ Aquaculture SCQF 5 enables you to gain a recognised qualification for work that you are already carrying out on a day-to-day basis. This course doesn't require you or your employer to organise any day release because our assessors visit you so you can open up promotion possibilities without any inconvenience.

Work towards a qualification which will be recognised by employers such as Mowi, Scottish Sea Farms, Scottish Salmon Company and the wider business sector.

Entry requirements

Candidates should be in a job or placement where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities, which allow them to gather the required evidence.

No prior qualifications or knowledge are required to undertake this qualification.  However, achievement of an aquaculture qualification at SCQF 4 or previous experience/knowledge would be an advantage.

This qualification has been designed in partnership with the Sector Skills Council and Lantra to ensure relevance to the sector.

There are 4 manadatory units:

  • Preparing and gathering live fish/shellfish
  • Monitoring the aquatic environment for production of farmed fish/shellfish
  • Monitoring fish/shellfish health and welfare
  • Working safely in an aquatic environment.

There are 5 optional units including Animal Husbandry, working practices and the transportation of live fish.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Flexible

You will engage in practical learning experiences within the workplace, where you'll create evidence-based submissions for your e-portfolio. Additionally, a college assessor will visit to conduct observations to further evaluate your skills and progress.

How long will my course last?

12 Months

Where can I study my course?

    • Work Based
    • Employers Premises

Start date

Flexible start dates available.


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

The SVQ Aquaculture SCQF 5 could provide progression to further qualifications in fish farming, fish and aquatic science or degree-level study at a higher education institution.

Is there more information available online?

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