Countryside Skills and Deer Management for Conservation NQ

What is special about this course?

This exciting new course combines a range of practical countryside skills and industry awards with an emphasis on the sustainable and integrated management of deer in a variety of landscapes.

It covers a wide range of practical skills, as well as specialising in Deer Management. This helps keep your employment options open.

You will meet potential employers and have a 3 week work placement in deer management.

You will gain Industry Awards in specialist skills such as Dry Stone Walling, Pesticides, Chainsaw Use, Quad Bikes and First Aid, as well as your SQA Awards and College Certificate.

It lasts 19 weeks, November - March and you may be able to study whilst in employment.

Entry requirements

  • Candidates must be at least 16 years of age by the start date of the course.  Some work placement and Industry Award options may have a lower age limit of 18.
  • Candidates must have an interest in, and enthusiasm for, taking on the whole package, from practical and often physically demanding outdoor work in all weathers, to classroom-based study.
  • There are no mandatory entrance qualifications. Candidates must be able to demonstrate eagerness and ability to study, and will ideally have relevant qualifications and/or experience:  NC Rural Skills SCQF 4, Standard Grade /National 5 Geography and Biology, and some proven practical skills. Each applicant will be considered on merit.
  • Candidates should have qualifications in the essential skills of Communications, Information Technology & Numeracy at SCQF 5/National 5/Standard Grade credit, or be able to demonstrate equivalent competence.
  • Mature students are very welcome.
  • All applicants will be invited for interview.

Entry to this course is at the discretion of the College.

  • Practical Countryside Skills. ( eg. fencing, foot paths, outdoor structures, working with timber, using tools and machinery)
  • Habitat Studies
  • Countryside Recreation & Access
  • Industry Training Awards
  • Essential skills: Communication and Information Technology
  • Sustainable Deer Management
  • Practical Deer Management
  • Deer  Behaviour & Stalking
  • Work Placement in a deer management environment.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

How long will my course last?

19 Weeks

You will study 3 days per week plus you will have additional independent study.

Where can I study my course?

    • Broadford

Start date

This course typically starts in November and runs until March


Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please contact your local college learning centre or Student Services for more information.

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

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.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.

If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.


Students may also qualify for bursary funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The course aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to progress to employment in a range of Countryside roles, from estate workers and land managers to forestry, biological recording, and environmental education. Further study options include  HNC in Game Keeping, Forestry, Conservation & in Wildlife Management.

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