Fishery Studies and Aquatics 



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As a leader in Fishery and Aquatic studies Sparsholt has forged unrivalled industry links offering the best training for a career working with freshwater fisheries and fish farming, and exotic and ornamental fish. The College’s outstanding fish facilities are used extensively by the students for practical training and project work and can be divided into three main areas:

  • The National Aquatic Training Centre
  • The Salmonid Rearing and Trials Centre
  • The Sparsholt Fishery


Industry experience is a key element of all the courses and students can make use of the strong contacts the College has giving unparalleled access to fish farms, fisheries, public aquaria and government organisations throughout the UK.

  • Farming of salmon, trout, carp, ornamentals and some marine species
  • River bailiff
  • Sport fisheries management
  • Environment Agency and Rivers Trusts
  • Science officer
  • Fish nutrition
  • Fish retail and wholesale
  • Public display aquaria
  • Education officer
  • Research and overseas development work
  • Own business, for example in pond construction or aquarium installation and maintenance


National Aquatics Training Centre

The National Aquatics Training Centre is a purpose built teaching facility, unrivalled in the UK. The purpose-built fish-house holds stocks of carp, catfish, tilapia, barramundi and a large range of ornamental species in high-tech tanks and aquaria. The building also features a large indoor koi pool, research areas and industry standard holding systems, many sponsored by industrial contacts.

Salmonid Rearing and Trials Centre

The newly built £0.5 million Salmonid Rearing and Trials Centre, provides a state of the art facility for rearing cold water species. Supplied by borehole water, the site produces brown trout for restocking and rainbow trout and Arctic char for the table. It also provides a site for a number of commercial trials on fish feed for the largest fish nutrition manufacturers in Britain.

The Sparsholt Fishery

A beautiful one-hectare lake, fed by water from the fish hatchery, that holds stocks of carp, roach, rudd, bream, crucian carp, tench, chub, barbel and perch is used for practical fishery management training and onsite angling. Students fish this lake as part of their course or recreationally on a day or season ticket basis.

Student Story

"I’d always seen the name Sparsholt in fishing magazines, but was recommended to come here by an ex-student I met when working at a bait company. All the lecturers are very professional; they could not have been more helpful. The facilities were a draw for me and we’ve used them constantly throughout the course."

Michael Wickens, Extended Diploma in Fish Management and FdSc in Sports Fisheries and Aquaculture



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Clothing and PPE 

At the start of your course you will need some essential supplies. Students at all levels will need:

  • Waterproof clothing
  • Waders
  • Neoprene gloves
  • Steel toe-capped work boots
  • Wellington boots
  • A pen, pencil, folder and paper etc.

NB for all courses one pair of steel toe-capped Wellingtons can replace the need for both Wellington boots and work boots.

Level 2 Diploma students will need heavy duty work gloves. For Level 3 Diploma (Ornamental), gloves are not needed and waders are desirable but not essential. 

A bulk order for waders and neoprene gloves will be placed by the College in the first two weeks of term. There is no obligation to buy through us and you are welcome to bring your own favourites.

If you plan to order through us, please allow approximately £80 for waders and £20 for neoprene gloves. For more information, please contact: Angela Ingle, Curriculum Administrator, on 01962 797200 or 




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