College centres

Thurso, Alness & Dornoch

North Highland College UHI, Thurso


090514ERI001.jpgOur 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.

Courses in Thurso have been developed to reflect industry needs in science, engineering and construction.  Hospitality and Hairdressing courses offer excellent practical skills taught in high quality, real life working environments at House of Morven.

Our dynamic range of flexible Business, Administration, Accounting and Computing courses are tailored to your needs and the needs of today's business sector - with excellent progression routes. The diverse nature of our courses will equip you with industry-respected qualifications which will help enhance your career prospects.  New to our provision of courses in Thurso is the NQ Sport, Fitness and Health qualification taught by a team of local personal trainers and physio's. A practical, hands-on course with scope for progression right up to degree level with our Sports Management degree.

Specialist courses & facilities: Engineering in our Engineering,Technology & Energy Centre, Science based at the Environmental Research Institute, Equestrian, Gamekeeping & Veterinary Nursing at the Rural Studies Centre.


DSC_0061.JPGOur 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 courses in music, sound production, health care and childcare.

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.

Specialist courses & facilities: Care and Music/Sound Production.  The campus boasts digital audio workstations, two sound booths for recording sessions, as well as an abundance of instruments for students to utilize.

Find us at: The North Highland College UHI, Alness Campus
Tern House, Alness Point Business Park,
Alness, Ross-Shire, IV17 0UP



Our courses delivered from Dornoch see students benefit from the experience of training at the Burghfield House - our training restaurant. Here, hospitality and cookery students learn all the tools of the trade during their unique learning experience. It is also home to the UHI Centre for History, which offers a number of research opportunities.



Within yards of Royal Dornoch golf course (said to be the 10th best course in the world), lies Ross House, which is renowned for our Golf Management honours degree. The facility boasts a newly built Huxley Golf-all weather putting green.  The course combines academic and practical aspects to deliver a fully-rounded approach to a career in the sport.

Specialist courses & facilities: History (UHI Centre for History - ranked 5th of the top places to study History is Scotland by the Guardian 2014!), Hospitality and Professional Cookery (Burghfield House), Golf Management (Ross House).

Find us at:  Ross House, Grange Road,
Sutherland, IV25 3LE

Burghfield House, Cnoc-an-Lobht
Dornoch, IV23 3HW

Engineering, Technology & Energy Centre

Our fantastic Engineering, Technology and Energy Centre (ETEC) is based at our campus in Thurso.  Here we deliver engineering programmes and modern apprenticeships in partnerships with employers in an up to date, practical setting with excellent industrial facilities.

copy_of_090514ETEC001.jpgThe centre is believed to be amongst the largest and best equipped of its type in the North of Scotland, providing approximately 3,600 square metres of purpose build engineering facilities, dedicated to the engineering and renewable energy sector.

There are two large workshops divided into dedicated training zones:

090514ETEC010.jpgOur Engineering Skills Workshop consists of:

  • Mechanical Zone including: materials testing laboratory, hand skills and machining areas, and mechanical maintenance
  • Rig Zone including: industrial-scale electrical, mechanical, control and instrumentation rigs so you can practice plant commissioning, maintenance and isolation dismantling
  • Electrical Zone including: inspection and testing area, motor room, electrical installation and electrical maintenance areas


02.jpgOur Fabrication and Welding Workshop consists of:

  • Welding Zone including: equipment to carry out a wide range of welding and fabrication processes
  • Fabrication Zone including: light and heavy fabrication areas and a five tonne overhead crane



The Centre also has a large Education Zone dedicated to teaching space and fully-equipped with modern video conferencing and multimedia teaching aids, including computer workstations giving you access to a full range of industry standard engineering software applications.

You can study courses at all different levels, depending on your qualifications and work experience.  From the introductory ‘Training for Trades’ courses, to HNC Computer Aided Draughting and Design and on to BSC Electrical and Electronic Engineering or Mechanical Engineering (and many more!) you’ll find something to suit you at our hub of engineering excellence.

The Engineering Centre is a 21st Century engineering facility to address the training needs associatesd with the ongoing decommisioning of Dounreay and also the emerging engineering training requests for the developing marine, and other renewable energy sectors.  Along with other stakeholders, the College is committed to the provision of 'as real as it gets' experiential training set in the context of genuine industrial conditions to equip students with the skills to respond to the opportunities and challenges presented by these key industrial sectors."

-Alan Ogg, Assistant Director of Learning & Teaching


Rural Studies Centre

North Highland College UHI is at the forefront in developing training programmes for Land Use subjects. We have built up a range of expertise and developed excellent relationships within industry with estate owners, veterinary nurse practices and equine specialists.

Students train at our state-of-the-art Rural Studies Centre - the only one of its kind in the North of Scotland. It was officially opened as an Equestrian Centre in July 2013 by Her Royal Highness Princess Ann in her official capacity as Chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands.  It has since undertaken major works to house the gamekeeping and veterinary nurse sections.

Expert facilities

  • International sized outdoor and indoor arenascopy_of__MG_0915.jpg
  • Tack room and 20 purpose built loose boxes
  • 3 high specification classrooms and large video conference suite
  • Modern office suites
  • Custom veterinary nurse training area including; theatre, kennels, preparation room, isolation area and consultation room


Exprienced staff

Our team of expert lecturing staff at the Rural Studies Centre have many years of experience between them.

The North Highland College UHI equine team show horses at the Royal International Horse Show and Horse of the Year Show, as well as other top sporting events.

DavidOldsgamekeeping.jpgOur gamekeeping lecturers are at the forefront of developing employer placements for gamekeeping students since 1986.  They have a range of expertise and experience as Fishing Ghillies, Deer Stalkers, Dog Breeders, Gamekeepers and Headkeepers and have worked all over the UK and Europe.


The veterinary nurse team are passionate about caring for animals and as well as lecturing at the college, the regularly return to practices to undertake locum work in the holidays throughout Europe.