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Land and Wildlife Management (Fish)- Level 2 Technical Certificate at Plumpton College

Course description

Is angling your passion? How about considering at a career in the fish husbandry sector?

If you’re leaving school or looking to add to your skills, this could be the ideal course for you. You’ll be able to learn about coarse, sea and game handling, habitat management and business management.

You can look forward to lots of practical experience during your session at our Plumpton College chalk stream and our new on-site lake. You’ll also get to spend time at our dedicated fishery facility.

These are a suite of level 2 qualifications at either Certificate or Diploma which can be studied in a variety of combinations to allow flexibility and to help you to develop the fishery management skills you need for future employment.

Level 2 Certificate: you complete 2 subjects to study
Level 2 Extended Certificate: you complete 4 subjects to study
Level 2 Diploma: you complete all 6 subjects

This one year programme is designed for those who are interested in a successful career working in the fishery sector. The programme has a mixture of theory and practical sessions during which you will learn a wide range of skills which will include coarse, sea and game angling as well as habitat creation and management.

Extensive work experience will be undertaken working alongside organisations such as the Wild Trout Trust and the Environment Agency.


Qualifications Gained

  • BTEC First at the level studied in Fish Husbandry
  • Plumpton College Certificate
  • Additional Work Related Qualifications
  • College award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and maths

Course content


Course Programme

You can look forward to a varied programme of modules that also includes a work placement. You’ll also continue your English and Maths up to GCSE level. Modules include:

  • Work related experience in the fishery sector *
  • Environment and land based business *
  • Estate maintenance
  • Introduction to Fish Health
  • Introduction to Game and Coarse Angling
  • Introduction to Fish biology
  • Undertake Freshwater Sport Fishery Management
  • English & maths

(* compulsory units for Diploma only)

Entry requirements


  • You’ll need to have achieved 3 GCSEs between Grade A-D (new grades 9-3)
  • Successful completion of a Level 1 course, having studied English and Maths at GCSE
  • Mature students without the above requirements will be considered

Financial information

Tuition Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt

Assessment Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt

Facility Fee:

  • Cost for day students- £120 per year
  • Cost for residential students- £200 per year

The facility fee is applicable to all our full time FE students and this is paid annually before you arrive for your enrolment and induction. This fee assists in providing non-educational facilities which include security, sports amenities, membership of the Sports and Social Club, minibuses, Wi Fi access, television room, on-site medical support and free car parking subject to availability.

For students aged 19 plus please contact Admissions for further fee information:

01273 892082

Future opportunities

Future Opportunities

After completing your course, you can choose to go on to study a Level 3 in Fish Management.

Alternatively, you’ll have the skills to find employment in a role such as a Fishery Manager, building or designing ornamental fish ponds or working on a fish farm.

Further information

The course duration is 3 days per week for 1 year.


Within our large estate at Plumpton, you’ll have the opportunity for lots of hands-on experience at our extensive fishery management facilities to help you develop your skills. We make sure that all of our sites are fully-equipped with the most up to date equipment.

  • Come and discover our new fishery management facilities

We’ve got a new one-acre lake on-site. Stocked with coarse fish, it’s a brand new practical facility you’ll be able to use throughout your course.

  • Plus more specialist fishery facilities in development

We’re in the process of developing two stock ponds that will manage our new recirculating fish farm.

  • We’ve also got a chalk stream that you’ll be able to use

As part of our facilities, you’ll also be able to use our stretch of chalk stream that we manage, home to spawning trout.

  • Make the most of our connections at Plumpton

We work closely with lots of fish farmers and fisheries across East Sussex; giving you the chance to experience activities such as electrofishing and habitat management.

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: 16 October 2017
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    • The main Plumpton College site is located at the foot of the picturesque South Downs National Park. Six miles from Lewes, the County Town of East Sussex.

      The College specialises in providing a wide range of land-based courses in partnership with schools, for those in further education and for those in higher education. The College degree courses are validated by the University of Brighton.

      The range of courses cover all land-based provision including Agriculture, Horticulture, Floristry, Equine, Agricultural and Horticultural Machinery, Metalsmithing, Animal Care, Countryside Management, Forestry and Arboriculture, Sports (Outdoor Adventure) and Wine and Viticulture.