Aquaculture SVQ3

What is special about this course?

Aimed at more experienced fish farm workers, this programme will allow you to gain an SVQ 3 qualification while working in the aquaculture industry. You will have to demonstrate your ability and competence in a broad range of work activities, showing considerable autonomy and may include supervising of others.

On successful completion of the programme you will receive a Lantra Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 7, Scottish Vocational Qualification at Level 3 plus additional short course certificates.

Entry requirements

There are no prior qualifications required to undertake this programme however candidates will normally have completed the Modern Apprenticeship in Aquaculture - level 5 before enrolling on this programme, or have suitable prior experience or previous relevant qualifications.

Candidates must:

  • be at least 16 years old.
  • be employed in an appropriate position by an aquaculture company where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which will enable them to collect the required evidence for the award, and have the support of their employer.
  • be capable of completing the short courses required as part of the programme

There are 3 mandatory units and 3 optional units in this award. There are also 2 mandatory core skills, Working with Others (level 5) and Numeracy (level 5) which you must complete if you haven't previously achieved these.

Mandatory units

  • Control the aquatic production environment for farmed fish / shellfish
  • Control the production of farmed fish / shellfish for sale or transfer
  • Provide a safe, healthy and secure working environment

Optional Units

There are a wide range of optional units that are selected to best match the duties you undertake in your normal work. They may include:

  • Control feeding regimes for fish
  • Control the implementation of fish treatments
  • Take personal emergency action on board a vessel (if you are marine site based)

Your assessor will assist you in choosing the correct optional units



How will I study my course?

  • Work based


How long will my course last?

1 Year

This SVQ 3 will normally take about 12 months of study and on-site training to complete.

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Argyll
    • Work Based
    • Employers Premises

Start date

Flexible start dates throughout the year.


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

The SVQ Level 3 could provide progression to further qualifications in fish farming through the SVQ  Aquaculture Management or other higher level studies in Aquaculture, Marine Science or other degree level studies through UHI and other higher education institutions.

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I want to start in 2022/23

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