Whether your interests lie in aquaculture, archaeology, marine engineering or the creative industries, Shetland has a wide variety of study options for people of all ages.

Shetland College

Shetand College is part of the University of the Highlands and Islands and its main campus is in Gremista, Lerwick. With full-time, part-time and flexible study options, you can enrol on courses in everything from archaeology and computer science to contemporary textiles and social sciences. Creative industry courses like music and film making are run in partnership with Shetland Arts at the Mareel arts centre. Visit the Shetland College website to view the full range of courses on offer.

NAFC Marine Centre

Shetland’s NAFC (North Atlantic Fisheries College) Marine Centre is also part of the University of the Highlands and Islands. It offers a range of training courses relevant to the maritime industries, including the merchant navy, fishing and aquaculture. Courses range from the three-year Merchant Navy Cadet Programme to short courses and cover both 'deck' and marine science and engineering topics, as well as other subjects required by seafarers. Visit the website to see the full range of courses on offer.

Train Shetland

Train Shetland connects students with vocational training and skills learning, from apprenticeships at companies across Shetland for new school leavers to skills development for senior employees. It works with more than 70 employers across Shetland. Visit the website to see the full range of apprenticeships and courses on offer.

The college is fantastic as the class sizes are small and you get lots of contact time with your lecturers, unlike at bigger colleges and universities. Shetland is a fantastic place to live. The people are friendly and there’s lots to do. I’m into the local music scene and a keen amateur photographer.

Alasdair Bendall
Alasdair Bendall
NAFC’s Merchant Navy Officer Cadet Programme

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