Rural Skills (Animal route) National 4

What is special about this course?

This hands-on course will help you gain the skills and knowledge required in rural industries. You will learn how to handle animals such as sheep, rabbits, chickens, horses and dogs and how to carry out a range of important estate skills such as fencing, drainage, woodwork and landscape maintenance. You will also investigate local rural businesses such as farms, forestry, veterinary practices and plant nurseries to learn about careers in these industries.

Entry requirements

You don’t need passes in specific subjects to join this course, but you need a positive attitude and you should be willing to learn new skills, and undertake a successful interview

In this course you will study topics including: 

Animal handling and accommodation – learn how to handle and restrain a range of animals either in school or on a local farm which may include sheep, chickens, rabbits, dogs and horses (dependant on your school). 

Rural business investigation – learn about the rural businesses in your area, what they do, how they run and what career opportunities they might offer for you. 

Employability skills – improve your skills to give you the best chance of finding employment in a rural business.  

Estate skills – learn how to repair fencing, woodwork, drainage and paths and how to maintain hard and soft landscaping. 

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

How and where will I study?

This practical course will be delivered in the classroom in school grounds and/or at a local farm, depending on your school and will involve group work activity when handling and caring for animals as well as working together on a rural business project. 

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Argyll

Start date

In most schools this course will start in June.

Fees

For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Where will it take me?

  • NPA Rural Skills level 5 
  • NC Horticulture – at college
  • NC Agriculture – at college
  • Modern Apprenticeships – work-based

There are a huge variety of opportunities to work in rural businesses in Argyll including forestry, farming and crofting, equine, horticulture and many more. 

Is there more information available online?

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This course gives students the opportunity to get out of the classroom and study outside carrying out a wide range of practical classes giving them important practical skills which will serve them well throughout their lives.

Apply for Rural Skills (Animal route) National 4

To enrol, or for further information on this course, please contact your local UHI Argyll Centre

This course is part of our schools-link senior phase programme and is embedded in your option choices at school. If this course is offered by your school speak to your Guidance Teacher and request an application form.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Argyll. UHI Argyll 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.

This course is part of our schools-link senior phase programme and is embedded in your option choices at school. If this course is offered by your school speak to your Guidance Teacher and request an application form.