Forestry HND

UCAS code 005D

What is special about this course?

If you're interested in the conservation and management of our woodland and forest areas, the HND Forestry will give you the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the forestry industry.

You will study at the Scottish School of Forestry, part of Inverness College UHI. To enhance employability our HND Forestry students undertake a one-year work placement, except in cases where suitable alternative experience can be demonstrated.

Special features

  • Studying at the Scottish School of Forestry, just outside Inverness, you will benefit from access to the specialist facilities and expert staff
  • You will undertake a paid work placement in the forestry industry
  • The course can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis to suit your personal and professional circumstances


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade D or above
  • Minimum of 1 year's pre-course experience in woodland environment is required or attainment of the Certificate in Forestry or Conservation skills. This requirement may be waived for applicants with 3 or more Highers, or equivalent, at grade C or above
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply; relevant life or work experience will be taken into consideration on an individual basis

Advanced entry to year two:

  • Direct entry to year 2 may be possible with an HNC Forestry

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Forestry: forest science
  • Timber sales and transportation
  • Forestry: Graded Unit 1
  • Employment health and safety legislation for the land-based industries
  • Establishment of woodland
  • Forest harvesting
  • Forest mensuration and thinning control

Option units may include:

  • Forest: land measurement
  • Woodland nursery production
  • Forestry: woody plant biology
  • Forestry: silvicultural systems
  • Communication: practical skills
  • Forestry operations: work programming
  • Leadership of countryside activities 

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • Forestry: graded unit 2
  • Forest recreation
  • Forestry and other land use
  • Forestry industries market evaluation
  • Forestry: financial control of forest enterprises
  • Forestry: forest design
  • Forestry: forest policy and law
  • Forestry: forest protection
  • Forestry: woodland conservation
  • Forestry: woodland ecology

 Option units may include:

  • Forestry: use of computers in forestry management
  • Getting started in business
  • Urban woodlands and green space

As well as the second year of study at the Scottish School of Forestry, students also undertake a one-year industry work placement, exceptions may be made in cases where suitable alternative experience can be demonstrated.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will study by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom and practical work in forest environments

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 3 years (HNC + HND + work placement)
  • Part-time: 4-6 years (depending on requirement for a work placement)

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £434 £448

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit)** £434 £448

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Inverness College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your course you will be able to apply for posts at a supervisory level in the forestry industry.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the BSc Sustainable Forest Management.

Is there more information available online?

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI 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 gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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