Countryside Skills and Deer Management for Conservation

West Highland College UHI


Broadford Campus


This exciting new course combines a range of practical countryside skills and industry awards with an emphasis on the sustainable and integrated management of deer in a variety of landscapes.

It covers a wide range of practical skills, as well as specialising in Deer Management. This helps keep your employment options open.

You will meet potential employers and have a 3 week work placement in deer management.

You will gain Industry Awards in specialist skills such as Dry Stone Walling, Pesticides, Chainsaw Use, Quad Bikes and First Aid, as well as your SQA Awards and College Certificate.

It lasts 19 weeks, November - March and you may be able to study whilst in employment.

Entry Requirements

Students must be at least 16 years of age by the start date of the course. Some work placement sites and Industry Awards have a minimum age limit of 18 to undertake the award and if this applies, alternatives will be offered to our younger students. Ideally to have some qualifications such as NC Rural Skills at SCQF Level 4 or National 5 Biology and Geography. Interview.

Progression Routes

HNC in Game Keeping, Forestry, Conservation and in Wildlife Management.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

19 weeks


Science and Environment

SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals