Aquaculture Management (SCQF level 9) SVQ

Course code 95D4

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 UHI Shetland and UHI Argyll, 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 UHI Shetland; contact Shetland 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?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • 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
  • Shetland

Start date

  • Variable


For information on costs of this course please contact the campus where you wish to study.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

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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I didn’t consider any other universities as it was online, flexible, gave me higher-level knowledge and certification, and not to mention it was fully supported by the company I worked for. The tutors provide helpful guidance throughout your studies, demonstrating a deep understanding of the articles and modules.  

The CPD Aquaculture Management gave me more confidence, especially when I’m accepting a new challenge in my career- the knowledge, I received from the course helped me to step forward in my studies and career. 

Go for it; it is worth it. During the 9 months of online study at UHI, there will be enough time, even if you are working, to write your essays and acquire new knowledge about aquaculture management skills. My highlights were the data collection, collaborations, and new connections! 

Andras studied the CPD Aquaculture Management at UHI Shetland.  

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 to UHI Shetland, please call 01595 772000.

Or use the following link to apply to UHI Argyll

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