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Game and Wildlife Management (Game Keeping) Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship at Wiltshire College

Course description

If you enjoy practical, outdoor work with a focus on the countryside, an apprenticeship and career in gamekeeping could be for you.

As a gamekeeper your role would involve maintaining the estate as well as ensuring that there is enough game for clients to shoot, such as deer, pheasant, partridges or grouse.

Other tasks could include breeding game for the estate, controlling predators such as foxes and rats, arranging shoots, training and working with gun dogs and arranging the sale of game after shoots.

As well as being very practical, a career in gamekeeping will also include elements of administration, completing shoot related paperwork and legal documents, keeping records of what is shot or caught and hiring or supervising staff such as beaters.

Course content

During an apprenticeship you will learn to develop the skills and knowledge needed to a successful career as a gamekeeper. 

You will study various topics including monitoring and managing game populations and habitats, controlling pests and predators by shooting as well as how to implement game shooting programmes.

Entry requirements

Minimum Level 1 or GCSE grade D in Maths and English. All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths and English.  Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2.


Apprenticeships are designed with the help of employers, so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well.

Each apprenticeship involves a structured programme of training leading to a recognised qualification, and they are available at different levels, letting you choose the speed you wish to learn at.

Future opportunities

Upon completion you should be fully prepared for a career within the gamekeeping or wildlife management industry, perhaps working in or towards a management position.

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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