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Fish Management - Level 3 Extended Diploma at Easton & Otley College

Course description

The emphasis of this course is to develop the practical skills and gain the knowledge required for Fisheries management.

This is a demanding career and students need to show significant commitment to the course to be successful in this industry. Work experience and practical skills development are essential components of this course.

Students will contribute to the running of the college estate, including running the college fishing lake and assisting in the fish rearing programme.

You will receive an excellent grounding in a wide range of fish management practices and principles suitable for those wishing to gain employment in more technical areas of the sports fisheries, fish farming and ornamental aquatics industries.

This course carries the same UCAS points weighting and is equivalent to studying 3 A Levels.

Course content

There are 18 units of study include:

  • Undertake and Review Work-related Experience in the Land-based Industries
  • Understanding Fish Biology and Behaviour
  • Undertake Estate Skills
  • Understanding Water Quality
  • Understanding Fish Health and Welfare
  • Understanding Stillwater Fishery Creation and Management
  • Understanding River Fishery Creation and Management
  • Understanding Coarse, Game and Sea Angling Techniques
  • Understanding Cyprinid Fish Farming
  • Understanding Aquatics Management
  • Machinery Skills
  • ATV training

Practical work will take place onsite in the fisheries unit and out in the field at a range of fisheries around East Anglia.

The course also involves relative visits to a range of places including fish farms, fish wholesalers and ornamental retailers.


Entry requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at Grades A-C (including a Science at Grade C)
  • or First Diploma (normally Merit overall) plus 2 GCSEs Grades A-C or other Level 2 qualifications.

All candidates are expected to demonstrate a strong interest in fishery subjects and a commitment to coursework.


Assessment is by means of written assignments and projects as well as practical observation.

Future opportunities

  • FdSc Fishery Management and Sustainable Aquaculture at UCS Otley.
  • Other Higher Education courses.
  • Employment with a range of responsible jobs in the fish farming and ornamental aquatics industries, as well as commercial sport fisheries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Easton & Otley College directly.

Last updated date: 08 April 2016

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