Study at Oatridge College
Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ)
SVQ Courses at Level 2 & 3 are available at Oatridge covering the following subject areas Agriculture, Horticulture, Landscaping, Landbased Service Engineering (Agricultural & Horticultural Machinery) Equine, Environmental Conservation, Animal Care. SVQ's are vocational qualifications and can usually be undertaken on a part-time basis, or as a workbased programme.
Suitable candidates may also undertake a Lantra Modern Apprenticeship (Skills Development Scotland funded programme) alongside the Level 2/3 course. This usually entails the training and successful completion of an additional 2-industry specific tests eg. Health & Safety Executive 1-day Emergency First Aid course and a LANTRA certificated industry specific training course. Contact the college for more information.
Certificate Courses involve one year of full-time study and are usually made up of a variety of National Certificate Units at Intermediate 1 or Intermediate 2 level. There may also be an opportunity to undertake a Scottish Vocational Qualification as part of the Certificate course.
The emphasis in Certificate courses is on developing practical skills in the chosen vocational area. The normal entry requirement is a demonstration of numeracy and communication skills, with some experience of the vocational area.
Progression to Higher National Certificate is usually possible.
Higher National Certificate s (HNC)
Higher National Certificate courses involve one year of full-time, or in some cases two years of part-time study and are made up of Higher National Units.
The courses are designed to include some practical work in addition to technical study. The normal entry requirement* for a full-time HNC is 1 Higher at C or above or the successful completion of a relevant College Certificate programme. The achievement of an SVQ Level 3 will also be considered.
Progression to the second year of an HND programme is usually possible.
Higher National Diploma (HND)
Higher National Diploma courses mostly involve two years of full-time study and are made up of Higher National Units. The courses are designed for those who wish to obtain technical qualifications for their chosen vocational area. The normal entry requirement* for HND is 2 Highers at C or above, or the successful completion of the appropriate HNC programme.
Certificates of Competence
Specialist training courses are delivered to support the achievement of Certificates of Competence validated by Lantra and the National Proficiency Test Council. Courses include the Safe Use of Pesticides, Chainsaws and Forklifts.
* Entry requirements are a general guide. Individual circumstances should be discussed with the College.
How to apply - Online Application Form
For information on how to apply for a place on a course at Oatridge College click on How to Apply.
[ PLEASE NOTE: We have made every effort to ensure that this site contains up-to-date information but course units are subject to change and should be confirmed with the college prior to enrolment ]