HNC Fish Farming candidate information

HNC Fish Farming

The HNC Fish Farming will provide you with the opportunity to develop practical skills in fish farming, complemented by knowledge of fish production methods and technology, improving your employment prospects and helping you to develop as a fish farm site supervisor.

You will gain: practical fish production management skills; a knowledge of fish science, fish health and water resources, with regard to their application to modern fish farming practices; the ability to evaluate information relating to the aquatic environment, fish stocks and fish production operations; and an understanding of the management of health and safety on a commercial fish farm.

Employment and progression opportunities

Employment opportunities are very good in salmon and trout farming, the main commercial sectors of the industry in the UK. There are also growing employment opportunities for farming alternative species, such as cod and halibut in the UK, and a wide range of species overseas. Examples of the sorts of opportunities available include: Fish farm site supervisor; Hatchery manager; On-growing site manager; Senior fish husbandry person.

On completing the HNC, you may be accepted for entry to the Year 2 of the BSc Honours Aquaculture course at the University of Stirling.


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • Five Standard Grade passes at grades 1 or 2, including Maths or a Science subject.
  • Any two relevant Highers together with three Standard Grade passes at grades 1 or 2.
  • A group of 15 or more National Units (SCQF levels 4-6) covering relevant topics including Core Skills.
  • An SVQ 2 in Aquaculture or Fisheries Management (SCQF level 5) together with Core Skills.
  • The PDA in Fish and Aquatic Science at SCQF level 7.
  • Any other relevant qualification from another awarding body, provided the competences match.