Gamekeeping NC

What is special about this course?

Gamekeeping offers a challenging and rewarding way of life and the emphasis on this course is the practical 'hands on' training students receive. The way that UHI North Highland delivers this course fully prepares our students for progression routes either in full-time employment or higher education in the land-based sector. As part of this course students will work towards the achievement of Deer Management Qualification Level 1 which is widely recognised as an industry standard in the management of wild deer.

Entry requirements

Applicants should be at least 16 years of age, with a reasonably high standard of physical fitness. Motivation and an understanding of working in the rural sector is beneficial to all applicants.

School leavers

  • Three National 4 qualifications.

Mature students

  • Relevant post school education and training


  • ATV operations
  • Care and working of the Deer Pony
  • Deer Biology
  • Deer Stalking
  • Game Meat Hygiene
  • Gamekeeping; An Introduction to Public Relations
  • Gamekeeping Health and Safety
  • Gamekeeping Work Experience
  • Grouse and their habitat, an introduction
  • Gundogs breeds and care
  • Pest and predator control
  • Safe use of shotguns and sporting rifles
  • Shoot day skills
  • First Aid
  • Manual handling

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Work based

You will develop your skills and complete this course with a mix of practical study on an estate/work placement and blended learning at UHI North Highland.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso

Start date

The course is delivered over one academic year from August – June.

For more information about this course, contact Gamekeeping Lecturer David Olds at


For the latest information on fees please see our Tuition Fees information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On having successfully completed the NC gamekeeping course, many of our students progress on to do the HNC Gamekeeping with Wildlife Management course where they further enhance their knowledge and experience working within the sector. The progression rate then of our students into full-time employment is very high with many securing full-time employment on sporting estates and wildlife management areas.

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I want to start in 2022/23

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI North Highland. UHI North Highland operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.