Countryside Skills with Ranger Training

UHI West Highland


Fort William Campus


Take a step into a new career with this exciting new course. A unique opportunity to learn skills that will develop your employment prospects while knowing you're contributing to the conservation of Scotland's countryside.

West Highland College UHI is joining with Nevis Landscape Partnership to offer this rewarding and fast-paced course through the Nevis Volunteer Ranger Scheme so you can gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst working alongside well-known conservation bodies and landowners.

You'll learn a wide range of practical skills, as well as specialising in Ranger Training, land use and visitor management issues. A regular one day a week work placement will put you in touch with potential employers and help you understand practical conservation, habitat monitoring and visitor related tasks.

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.

Progression Routes

HNC Conservation and Wildlife Management, Forestry, HND or Degree in Countryside Management or Environmental Science, and degrees related to Adventure Tourism and sustainable development.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

18 weeks


Land and Sea

SCQF Level