College centres

North Highland College UHI, Thurso


Our Thurso campus is, by design, one of the landmarks of the town.  Travelling down Ormlie Road, you can’t miss the large glass structure, which is also close to Thurso golf club.

Here we specialise in a number of subjects, including:

  • Environment and Heritage Studies
  • Gamekeeping
  • Equestrian and Horse Skills
  • Veterinary Nursing
  • Health Studies
  • Childcare and Education
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Engineering
  • Computing

Equestrian Centre

Just a short drive away, at Dale Farm (near the village of Halkirk) is our equestrian centre.  A beautiful location set in miles of green, rolling countryside, just perfect for studying this kind of course.

NHC runs the National Certificate Horse Care, Higher National Certificate Equine Studies, Higher National Diploma Equine Studies and Bachelor of Arts Equine Business Management on a full and part time basis at its new, purpose-built facility, Dale Farm situated approximately six miles from the main campus in Thurso.

Staff and students took up occupancy of Dale Farm in September 2012. It boasts an outdoor riding area, indoor arena, tack room, stables as well as classrooms and offices.

James Munro, Programme Leader for Equine Studies talks about the new state-of-the-art facilities at North Highland College UHI.


In addition, we run the Equestrian Skills Flexible Study programme is available at equestrian centres throughout the Highlands & Islands and beyond, including:-

Aberdeen, Angus, Argyll, Badenoch, Caithness, Drumnadrochit, East Lothian, Easter Ross, Fife, Fort William, Inverness, Moray, Nairn, Orkney, Strathspey, Wester Ross, Sutherland, Skye and Western Isles.

Many of the horses here are ex-competition or actively competing in a range of disciplines, which will give you a wide range of experience.  You also get to participate in all yard work and are responsible for the wellbeing of all the horses; there’s no better way to learn than to get stuck in!

Equestrian Map


Our Alness campus is situated at the town’s business park and is the ideal location for our staff who are responsible for organising many of the college’s work-based qualifications, as well as a broad range of more general courses in business and administration, music, health care, childcare and computing.DSC_0061.JPG

The location is also perfect for providing the IT infrastructure we need in order to be able to offer you a great learning experience and the option to study either in the classroom or online at a time that suits you best.

This is no stereotypical industrial estate but rather a beautiful part of town where our bright and airy building is set among green, leafy open space and you can enjoy stunning views as you study with us.

"We are a very small campus here in Alness, but that is something we take pride in.  Students come back to us with feedback with how supportive lecturers are with their studies and life experiences."
Kirsteen Lemon, Course Leader for NC Child Health and Social Care.


Within yards of Royal Dornoch golf course (said to be the 10th best course in the world), our Dornoch campus is particularly renowned for its golf courses.

However, we also offer a wide range of full- and part-time courses in Business, Administration and Computing.

We are extremely flexible in our approach to training and offer a number of courses in a format that you can choose to study around your work of personal commitments.  This includes our Equestrian Skills course where you can study the theory part at Ross House and choose to study the practical elements at your favoured location.copy_of_GHA131121_1971.jpg

We also specialise in a number of evening courses – perfect if you have a few hours to spare (particularly during the winter months), which you’d like to put to good use.

Burghfield House is home to our Centre for History, which offers a number of research opportunities, and  also where our hospitality students learn all the tools of the trade.