Seal Management PDA

What is special about this course?

The Seal Management PDA at North Highland College UHI is a combination of a self-study online course and a practical shooting test.

The primary aim of this qualification is to provide knowledge and skills in specified areas which will prepare candidates to apply for a licence to undertake seal management under the provisions of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010. 

The fees are £380 without the practical shooting test and £508 with the practical shooting test.

Entry requirements

  • Applicants should  inform the college if they have a Deer Stalking Certificate level 1 qualification at the application stage. The reason for this is that accreditation of prior learning can be issued which would exempt applicants from having to do the practical shooting test, thus, a smaller course fee would apply.

The PDA is comprised of two Units: Seal Management: Theory and Seal Management: Practice. The PDA will be awarded on successful completion of the two component units providing a total of 16 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 6.

How will I study my course?

  • Flexible

The theory part of the qualification will usually be completed online.

Candidates will undertake self-study then complete the required assessment which will be submitted and marked by the college. Alternatively, a hard copy of the self-study information can be provided on request.  We will not be doing any face to face teaching at the moment but we will be running practical shooting tests at the college by arrangement/demand. Candidates will have one year to complete the course from the time of enrolment.

How long will my course last?

Please contact North Highland College UHI for more details on course length.

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso

Start date

Please contact North Highland College UHI for more details on start dates.


For information on costs of this course please contact the college where you wish to study.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Candidates will be able to use the PDA in Seal Management as evidence of their knowledge and skills when applying for a Seal Management License from Marine Scotland.
  • Holders of the license will have opportunities to be employed either on a full-time basis or on a short-term or contract basis by or on behalf of Fisheries and Fish Farms.

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