Rural Skills (SfW) National 4

What is special about this course?

This introductory, hands-on course will help you develop the skills and gain knowledge needed for work in the land-based industries. You will experience some of the basic practical skills needed to work in agriculture and other land-based 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.

You will be given the opportunity to investigate the nature of some of the very diverse industries of the land-based industries and also to examine some of the job opportunities of the sector. There is then a choice of a plant or an animal route where you can develop some of the basic skills for the chosen route. You will also become familiar with a range of hand tools and be given an opportunity to participate in a range of handyman tasks which are common to many of the land based industries from plumbing repairs to fence repairs.

This course has three mandatory units and two optional units.

The mandatory Units are:

♦Land-based Industries: an Introduction

♦Estate Maintenance

♦Employability Skills in the Land-based sector - 0.5 Unit credit


The optional Units are:

♦Animal Husbandry: an Introduction

♦Animal Handling: an Introduction - 0.5 Unit credit


♦Crop Production: an Introduction

♦Soft Landscaping: an Introduction - 0.5 Unit credit

If you choose the animal route you will be given the opportunity to learn the skills for some of the basic tasks of maintaining the health and well-being of one species of animal (horses, sheep, cattle, pigs, poultry, game birds, small cage companion mammals, dogs, cats or farmed fish) in a simulated commercial or a commercial setting. You will also learn the basic skills of handling and restraining one species of animal in a commercial or simulated commercial setting.

If you choose the plant route, you will be given the opportunity to learn the basic skills required to produce a crop from seed to harvest. This will be delivered in the context of horticulture (both edible and non-edible), agriculture, or tree nurseries for forestry. You will also be given the opportunity to learn the basic skills of caring for plants including weed control, pest control, fertilising and pruning, in the context of countryside or estate management, or landscape horticulture.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

You will study at your local Argyll College centre and spend some time at a local farm or community garden.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

Start date

In most schools this course will begin in June.


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

Introduction to Land Based Skills – at college

NC Agriculture – at college

Modern Apprenticeships – work-based

Is there more information available online?

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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 Argyll College UHI. Argyll College 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.