NPA Aquaculture NPA

What is special about this course?

This course will give you the opportunity to learn about local aquatic environments and aquaculture businesses, and take a very practical and vocational approach with much of the delivery taking place, where possible, at local aquaculture sites.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entrance requirements; however, you will be interviewed to determine whether this is the right course for you. To get the best out of this course you should enjoy working with others and have a real interest in aquaculture industries.

This course consists of Mandatory and Optional units. The mandatory Level 4 units will help you develop an understanding of the aquaculture industries in North West Europe and will focus on either salmon & trout production or shellfish production.

Mandatory units

  • North European Aquaculture: An Introduction
  • Aquatic Environment: Local Investigations

Optional units will be selected by your school from the following list:

  • Introduction to Finfish Production
  • Introduction to Shellfish Production
  • Aquaculture: Basic Seamanship
  • Scottish Sea Fisheries: An Introduction
  • Work Placement


Personal Protective Clothing ( PPE) will be provided for you where required.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Skills for Work

Where can I study my course?

Start date

In most schools this course will start in June.


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

Progression can be ..

SVQ Aquaculture (SCQF Level 5) – work-based

Modern Apprenticeship (SCQF Level 5) – work-based

HNC Fish Farming through a college

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 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.