Aquaculture 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?

    • From anywhere with an internet connection including your local college centre
    • Work Based
    • Employers Premises

    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

1st December 2022


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?

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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Apply for Aquaculture NPA

I want to start in 2022/23

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.