Fundamentals of Marine Adventure Sector

What is special about this course?

Covering the basics of operating in the marine environment safely this short course is aimed at those who wish to gain knowledge and experience in the marine sector. 

At two days per week it should be attractive to those already in employment or with personal commitments and the combination of online and on site activity should allow the opportunity to continue this without detriment.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be aged 16 and above, have three level National 5 qualifications and an interest in marine environment and adventure sports

  • Introduction to chart work and navigation, route planning and decision making
  • Marine vocabulary, including VHF radio operation
  • Issues affecting the marine environment
  • Basic professional courses such as Power Boat Level 2 


Internet connection and a suitable device with headphones, microphone and camera (minimum spec) is required. Please email us if you have any concerns about connectivity or equipment.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Online

A mix of taught and self study, with on site practical activities

How long will my course last?

9 Weeks

How will I be assessed?

    Online and on site as per NGB guidelines.

Where can I study my course?

    Please note, UHI West Highland will be changing its name to UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study.

Start date

April 2023


Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please read our Fees & Funding information pages for more information regarding residency, previous study and bursary rates. Please contact if you have any further questions.

Rest of UK students : For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), with a term-time address in Scotland, studying full time, the course fee is £5,800.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) or not. However you must complete an application even if you know that you're not entitled to EMA.

If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course can be used on its own as a personal development project or to enter into the marine industry. Or as an stepping stone to enrol on a full time course either in Maritime Studies or Adventure Studies, at either Further Education or with the required entry requirements Higher Education.

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I want to start in 2023

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI West Highland. Please note, UHI West Highland will be changing its name to UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study. UHI West Highland 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.