Aquaculture Management (SCQF level 9) SVQ

What is special about this course?

This SVQ has been designed in partnership with the Sector Skills Council, Lantra, and in response to the aquaculture industry requirements for work-based management training. The programme is offered, and assessment carried out, in the workplace, minimising any need to be away from work.

The qualification covers areas such as managing the aquatic production environment for farmed fish/shellfish, and managing the production of farmed fish/shellfish for sale or transfer. It also covers: planning and managing of shellfish depuration operations; implementation of the site fish health plan; fish/shellfish hatchery production; and a variety of operational and managerial units.

The university, through NAFC Marine Centre UHI and Argyll College UHI, is the only institution offering the SVQ4 Aquaculture Management.

Special features

  • Flexible learning: you will learn through work-based and online study to fit in with your work commitments
  • In two years, you will complete an industry-recognised management qualification
  • Modern Apprenticeships, certified by LANTRA and funded through Skills Development Scotland, are also available through NAFC Marine Centre UHI; contact NAFC for more details
  • The qualification is aimed at the freshwater and marine salmonid industry

Entry requirements

  • You will ideally be in a supervisory or management position or in training to be a supervisor or manager in the aquaculture industry
  • SVQ Aquaculture level 2 and 3, and/or industry-relevant short courses, would be advantageous

Year 1 - SVQ

Mandatory units are:

  • Manage the aquatic production environment for farmed fish/shellfish
  • Manage the production of farmed fish/shellfish

You will also choose four option modules:

  • Plan and manage fish feeding regimes
  • Develop and manage implementation of site fish health plan
  • Manage containment on a fish farm
  • Provide healthy, safe, secure and productive working environment and practices
  • Plan and manage fish/shellfish hatchery production

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

This course is work-based and therefore will have limited changes to the delivery for 2021-22. You will work with your assessor to develop your e-portfolio. The required work-based observations by your assessor will be conducted when it is possible and safe to do so, following Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, most likely towards the end of the course. It will be possible to extend the length of the course to accommodate this element. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff.
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will learn through work-based and online study to fit in with your work commitments
  • You will be assessed by standardised SQA procedures including written theory, practical demonstrations, oral interviews and product evidence

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured):  Flexible, up to 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • NAFC Marine Centre UHI

Start date

  • Variable


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


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in the finfish aquaculture industry such as aquaculture site manager.

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Apply for Aquaculture Management (SCQF level 9) SVQ

The SVQ Aquaculture Management SCQF level 9 has flexible start dates throughout the year.

For more information and to apply, please contact NAFC Marine Centre UHI on 01595 772000.

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