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Land and Wildlife Management (fish)- Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma at Plumpton College

Course description

This new fishery management programme is designed to provide you with appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge to progress your career in the areas of fishery management.

You’ll get to experience how lakes and rivers are managed. Plus you’ll back up your practical sessions with theory during your classroom sessions. You’ll get to discover the importance of plant life to aquatic ecosystems.

These are a suite of level 3 qualifications which can be studied in a variety of combinations to allow flexibility and to help you to develop your practical fishery management skills.

Level 3 Certificate: you choose 3 subjects to study
Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma: you complete 6 subjects to study
Level 3 Extended Diploma: you complete 18 subjects to study

You will use the extensive facilities on the College estate and local areas to create and manage still water fisheries, habitat management as well as develop your own Coarse, Game and Sea Angling techniques.

Extensive work placement activities will involve working with industry groups such as the Wild Trout Trust and Environment Agency.

Qualifications Gained

  • BTEC Level 3 (outlined above) in Fishery Management
  • Plumpton College Certificate
  • Additional work related qualifications
  • College award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and Maths

Course content


Year 1
  • Industrial experience
  • Estate skills
  • Fishery Management
  • Fish health and welfare
  • Stillwater fishery creation
  • Business management
  • Cyprinid fish farming
  • Aquaculture systems
  • Freshwater fish population surveys and management
Year 2
  • Fish biology and behaviour
  • Water quality
  • Water pollution control and management
  • River fishery creation
  • Investigative project
  • Retail merchandising
  • Coarse game and sea angling techniques
  • Understanding aquatic ecosystems
  • Aquatic management
  • English & Maths


Entry requirements


  • You’ll need to have achieved 4 GCSEs between Grade A-C (new grades 9-4) including English, Maths and a Science
  • Successful completion of a Level 2 course
  • 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’ll have the skills to find employment in a role such as:

  • Environment Agency
  • Fishery manager/bailiff
  • Working on a fish farm
  • Fishing tackle industry (shop owner)
  • Building/designing ornamental fish ponds
  • Degree courses in Fish Biology, Fishery Management, Fish Husbandry

Students may progress in to employment or enter Higher Education at Foundation Degree level.

Further information

Course duration is 3 days per week for 2 years.



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: 17 November 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.