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Countryside & Environment - Level 2 (Gamekeeping) at Askham Bryan College

Course description

An introduction for those who would like to work towards a career in gamekeeping and wildlife management. The course provides opportunities to work on practical skills with trips to local shoots, upland shoots and local deer farms. The course will include industry based work experience in the form of work placements.  


Course content

Course Themes:

• Game and wildlife management

• Ecology • Habitat creation and conservation

• Estate skills

• Pest and predator control

• Health and safety

• Working in land-based industries

• English and maths  

Students will also have many opportunities to work on their practical skills on our farm shoot, deer management study sites, plus local shoots and habitats.

The course will include an industry-based work placement. A range of additional qualifications are available, such as game meat hygiene, ATV training, health and safety and the safe use of firearms, but charges may apply.

Entry requirements

Level 2 Study Programmes: Usually at least 4 GCSEs at grade E or above including Maths and English (new GCSE grading level 3) with Science desirable. Alternatively a suitable Level 1 vocational qualification with English and Maths at Level 1.


Ongoing assessments through assignement work and formal controlled assessments where applicable.  

Financial information

For financial information please contact Student Support on 01904 772201 or email

Future opportunities

Gamekeepers play an important role in the management of the British countryside. The modern gamekeeper has a broad remit beyond the traditional tasks of game rearing and predator control. The role consists of part land manager and part conservationist and is required to work as part of a larger management team ensuring the economic success of a shoot. Being a gamekeeper you are required to interact with the public, with clients, with external agencies and with others within the profession. This course is designed to producestudents who have industry standard knowledge and skills appropriate for the modern gamekeeper. It will give a thorough grounding in the background theory and the practical skills involved in the modern management of game, and their associated habitats.


Further Study:

Students completing the Level 2 to a high standard would be considered for enrolment onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Countryside Management or Advanced Apprenticeship in Gamekeeping.


Students may use this course to progress in careers in the game industry e.g. Underkeeper or Beatkeeper level; working with low ground game, grouse and/or deer, the countryside industry at craft level e.g. as stonewallers, fencers.After further study, roles such as a gamekeeper or wildlife manager. Other roles might include estate staff, agricultural workers, volunteers, and national park staff.

Further information


Telephone: 01904 772211

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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