University of the Highlands and Islands Orkney

University of the Highlands and Islands Orkney

Welcome to Orkney College UHI

We are one of the partner colleges that make up the University of the Highlands and Islands. We deliver a wide range of higher education, degree and postgraduate learning options in addition to the traditional base of further education.

Whether you are a school leaver or haven’t studied for some time, there is something for everyone at Orkney College UHI.

About us

Orkney College is a further and higher education college in Orkney, an archipelago in northern Scotland. It is an academic partner in the University of the Highlands and Islands.

The College serves the Orkney community, which is rural and has long had an economy based on agriculture and fishing. Its main campus is a purpose-built site opened in 2000 on the outskirts of Kirkwall. It is one of very few non-incorporated colleges in Scotland and is the responsibility of the Orkney Islands Council, which has devolved many powers, including management, funding and staffing to the College Management Council.

The College has strong links with agriculture and opened an Agronomy Institute in 2002.

Orkney College’s courses provide students of all ages with a full range of qualifications from Scottish Vocational Qualifications, Scottish Group Awards (Higher Still) through Higher National Certificate and Diploma to Degree and postgraduate Degree Level. It hosts research in agronomy, archaeology, cultural studies, geophysics, Nordic studies, language and literature.


How to apply

The first step is to fill in an Orkney College UHI application form unless you are a school leaver applying for a degree course (see later for more details on this type of application).

You can download the application form, get it in person from the College campus, by phoning Orkney College UHI on 01856 569000 or request a copy by email. You should return the completed application form to Admissions, Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1LX.. We will invite you for an informal interview where you can meet with your course tutor and view our facilities or depending on the course you have applied for, make you an offer based on the information supplied on your application form.

School leavers on degree courses

If you are a school leaver and plan to study a full time Degree, you should apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), the central applications service for Universities and Colleges by visiting the website Contact UCAS by telephone on 0871 468 0468.

If you are late in applying it may be possible to apply through the College. Contact Orkney College UHI on 01856 569000 or email