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Try out the skills you'll learn on our Countryside Skills course Taster Day

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.

Sarah MacInnes

Sarah MacInnes graduated from our Rural Skills NC and is using her skills to manage a community food project.

"There's lots to learn and the lecturers have so much knowledge and experience. We cover so much - it’s a taster of many different skills. I am loving the course and it’s such an interesting and varied group of people that I study with. I would really recommend it."

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Growing Roots: Creating Sustainable Adventure Experiences with Trees

‘Growing Roots’ is a course to inspire people to collaborate with nature and develop their personal potential while running a rural enterprise. Participants will learn about eco-economy and transformative ‘slow tourism’ in a way that benefits them and their community.

  • Where? Anywhere with internet connection
  • Full-time or part-time? Part-time, Oct - Dec 2022
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Countryside Skills NQ 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
  • Full-time or part-time: Full-time (18 hours per week)
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Countryside Skills with Ranger Training NQ

Starts January 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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Outdoor Adventure NQ

Improve your personal competence in a range of outdoor adventure activities and accelerate your learning in challenging environments. Our highly skilled tutors will guide you on your way in developing sound skills and experience in mountain, river and sea environments.

  • Where? Broadford, Isle of Skye
  • Full-time or Part-time? Full-time (approx. 18 hours per week)
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Outdoor Leadership NQ

Explore many different activities – from paddle sports and mountain biking to rock climbing – during your course, learning everything you need to know to be a professional activity instructor. Master your skills in mountain, river and sea environments.

  • Where? Fort William
  • Full-time or Part-time? Full-time (approx. 18 hours per week)
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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.

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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
  • Full-time or part-time? Full-time (18 hours per week)
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Work-based learning

If you're already working year round in a land-based business or a fish farm you might consider one of our work-based learning courses. Learn on a part-time flexible basis while you're still earning.

To find out more please email workbasedlearning.whc@uhi.ac.uk

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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.