Modern Apprenticeship in Aquaculture (SCQF Level 7)

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This programme will allow you to gain a qualification in fish farming while working in the aquaculture industry. It is aimed at more experienced, senior-level fish farm staff, and will normally take about 12 months of study and on-site training to complete.

On successful completion of the programme you will receive a Lantra Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 7 and an SQA Scottish Vocational Qualification at Level 3 (equivalent to an HNC), plus additional short course certificates.

You will  have to demonstrate that you are competent to undertake a broad range of varied work activities, many of them complex and non-routine, and to demonstrate considerable autonomy and responsibility including the possibility of controlling or supervising other employees.


Entry Requirements

Candidates must:

  • be at least 16 years old.
  • be employed in an appropriate position by an aquaculture company, and have the support of their employer.
  • be capable of completing the short courses required as part of the programme.

Candidates will normally have completed the Modern Apprenticeship in Aquaculture (SCQF Level 5) before enrolling on this programme, but that is not essential. Candates with relevant experience and/or previous qualifications may be able to enroll on this programme directly.



To complete this programme you will have to complete 6 units (3 mandatory + 3 optional) plus 2 core skills units. You will also have to complete several separate short courses (if you have not already done so):


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

(choose 3)

  • Control feeding regimes for fish
  • Control the implementation of fish treatments
  • Take personal emergency action on board a vessel

Core Skills Units

  • Working with others (level 5)
  • Numeracy (level 5)


For each unit, you will have to demonstrate your competence against the performance criteria through a combination of:

  • Written questions
  • Oral Interview
  • Site assessment
  • Product evidence

Short Courses

  • Powerboat Level 2
  • Elementary First Aid
  • Fire Fighting
  • Personal Survival Techniques


The programme is undertaken while working full-time at your employer's aquaculture site(s), with some attendance at the NAFC Marine Centre.



You can start the programme at any time - please contact the NAFC Marine Centre.



  • £3,000

Note: Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will normally pay the fee for students in Scotland (subject to eligibility).

(Fees are subject to change without notice.)


Booking / Queries

To book a course please download an application form, or contact NAFC.

If you have any questions or need any more information please contact NAFC.