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Countryside Management (Gamekeeping & Fisheries) Level 3 at Wiltshire College

Course description

If you’re interested in running a shoot, working with deer, managing a river fishery, caring for pheasants, ducks and partridges, using a chainsaw or handling firearms then Level 3 Countryside Management is the course for you!
This course is fully integrated with the management of the Lackham Shoot. The shoot is located on the Lackham farm and estate which provides the range of habitats typical of a lowland estate. You will be expected to participate fully in the running of the shoot days as well as playing a full part in all aspects of the shoot management over the two years of the programme. 
In addition, the College has links with a number of local employers and worksites that can provide opportunities to further experience the diverse and exciting range of game and wildlife management work.
One of the requirements of the course is that you must successfully complete a period of assessed work experience between the two years of the programme.

Course content

You will learn about:
  • An Investigative Project in the Land Based Sector 
  • Estate Skills
  • Work Related Experience 
  • Wildlife Populations
  • Chainsaw Use and Tree Felling
  • Deer Management
  • Deer Survey
  • Land Based Machinery Operations
  • Fishery Management
  • Game Bird Production
  • Pest and Predator Control
  • Game Ecology
  • Deer Stalking
  • Captive Deer Herd Management
  • Shoot Management
  • River fisheries
  • Working Dogs
  • Firearms Use
Units covered are subject to change in line with developments in the industry.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Maths and preferably Science or equivalent (or
Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2)
A good reference
A satisfactory interview


You may prefer to complete written assignments at home or in the College Learning Resource Centre, though study periods are timetabled into the college day.
You will study a total of 18 units to achieve the Level 3 90 Credit/Extended Diploma qualification. 
Each unit will be assessed by a combination of written assignments, class exercises and practical assessments.
The final qualification will be BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Countryside Management (Game & Wildlife).

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course offers you the opportunity to progress onto the Foundation Degree in Rural Environment Management at Wiltshire College Lackham or an Honours Degree in a related subject.
This course can open doors into a range of related employment, particularly:
  • Fisheries officer or river operative
  • Gamekeeper
  • Estate worker or manager
  • Deer stalker
  • Pest control
It may also lead to careers within the wider countryside sector.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wiltshire College directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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