Land and Sea


Whether you're looking to join Scotland's growing marine industry or seeking to conserve our beautiful countryside, our courses combine all the practical skills certifications you'll need along with a wealth of work-based experience.

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Robert Mattinson studied our NC Shipping and Maritime Operations and after completing his course in 2019 he was successful in applying for a cadetship in Glasgow. He is currently working on a North Sea pipeline boat with a Norwegian company.

"My main aim in coming to Mallaig was to get a qualification which would help me to get a cadetship. I was also able to pick up three parts of the STCW ticket: PST, PSR and First Aid. I did Day Skipper too. All of these were great for my CV when I finished. I upped my practical skills and filled the gaps in my theoretical knowledge. I had a good time in Mallaig and we worked hard."


Maritime and Aquaculture

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Maritime and Aquaculture Skills NQ

Taught by a master mariner, this course equips you with all your basic boat skill certificates and an understanding of aquaculture. A great starting point for a career in a major growth sector of Scotland's economy.

You may be eligible for Bursary funding.

  • Where? Mallaig
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Shipping and Maritime Operations NC Level 6

Take your first step towards training for the Merchant Navy's deck and engineer officer training programmes or alternatively begin your path to a career in shore based maritime operations.
  • Where? Mallaig
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Aquaculture SVQ2

Working in aquaculture already and want to progress your career with a qualification while still earning a living? Aquaculture SVQ2 enables you to gain a recognised qualification for work that you are already carrying out on a day to day basis.

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Aquaculture SVQ3

You already work in an aquaculture setting and want to gain a recognised qualification or open up promotion possibilities. Aquaculture SVQ3 increases your skills and employability and doesn't require you or your employer to organise any day release because our assessors visit you.


Rural Skills and Archaeological Sciences

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Rural Skills NC Level 4

An enjoyable and very practical multi-skills course focusing on rural land practices. Delivers holistic training and includes highly regarded Industry Awards in several disciplines, equipping you well for a rewarding outdoor job or going on to more specialist study.

  • Where? Broadford, Isle of Skye
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Countryside Skills with Ranger Training NQ

Take a step into a new career with this rewarding, fast-paced course. A unique opportunity to learn skills that will develop your employment prospects while knowing you're contributing to the conservation of Scotland's countryside.

You may qualify for Bursary funding.

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Archaeological Science BSc (Hons)

Are you interested in archaeology but wish to focus on the scientific elements of this field of study? If so, this degree could be perfect for you. Explore the range of science-based methods that form an integral part of archaeological research, from archaeobotany to zooarchaeology.

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Archaeology and Environmental Studies BSc (Hons)

This course gives you the opportunity to focus on the scientific aspects of archaeology while combining your studies with sustainability issues, techniques in field-based evidence, and ethics.