Forestry HNC

UCAS code 105D
Information line 0845 272 3600*

What is special about this course?

The HNC Forestry will give you the skills, knowledge and experience required to succeed as a supervisor or self-employed contractor in the forestry industry.

Subjects include forest science, establishment of woodlands, forest harvesting, forest mensuration and thinning control, timber sales and transportation and woodland nursery production.

Special features

  • You will study at the Scottish School of Forestry, part of Inverness College UHI
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances
  • You will learn the technical, supervisory and managerial skills necessary for employment in forestry and woodland


We offer modern student accommodation in Inverness ideally suited to students on this course.

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above Or
  • 2 A level at grade D or above
  • Minimum of 1 year's pre-course experience in woodland environment is required or attainment of the Certificate in Forestry or Conservation skills. This requirement may be waived for applicants with 3 or more Highers, or equivalent, at grade C or above.
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply relevant life or work experience will be taken into consideration on an individual basis.

Access routes

Certificate in Forestry

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Forestry: forest science
  • Forestry: timber sales and transportation
  • Forestry: Graded Unit 1
  • Employment and health and safety legislation for the land based industries
  • Establishment of woodland
  • Forest harvesting
  • Forest mensuration and thinning control

Option units may include:

  • Forestry: land measurement
  • Woodland nursery production
  • Forestry: woody plant biology
  • Forestry: silvicultural systems
  • Communication: practical skills
  • Forestry operations: work programming
  • Leadership of countryside activities 

How will I study my course?

  • Full time
  • Part time (structured)

You will study by way of traditional classroom-based lectures and tutorials and practical workshops at the Scottish School of Forestry, part of Inverness College UHI.

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 1 year
  • Part time: up to 3 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date



For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £434 £448

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit)** £434 £448

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Inverness College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your course you may be interested in pursuing a career as a forest supervisor/foreman or contractor.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the HND Forestry, then on to the BSc Sustainable Forest Management

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

"The Scottish School of Forestry sits on its own campus within a woodland, where students at every level mix together, the staff are supportive and know everyone by name. The campus offers a unique environment for practice learning with lessons often utilising the woodland as a classroom."

Sarah Toulson, Inverness College UHI

Apply for Forestry HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI 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 gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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