Fishery Studies and Aquatics 


Clearing 2014 - Higher Education Courses

We are still recruiting for our Higher Education courses for 2014. Places on several of our courses will also be available through Clearing following the release of A Level results on Thursday 14th August.


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The industry knows that, if you’re interested in a career working with freshwater fisheries and fish farming, or exotic and ornamental fish, then it’s Sparsholt where you gain the best training. A strong statement, you may think, but just look at what the Fishery Studies section has to offer...

  • the National Aquatics Training Centre - unique in the UK - for work with ornamental fish and warm water aquaculture species such as carp, catfish and tilapia.
  • trout and salmonid hatchery, running commercial feed trials and producing tens of thousands of fish from fertilised eggs for introduction into several British rivers.
  • well-known experts on the staff roster. If you read the fish magazines, you’ll know many of these people already!
  • fishing lake with a surface area of approximately one hectare for practical fishery management training and on-site angling. Plus, amazing access to fisheries, fish farms and ornamental fish facilities across the country.
  • unparalleled contacts with the industry and related organisations in this country and abroad - great for jobs and work experience.
  • uniquely in the UK for this area of study, an ‘Outstanding’ grade from OfSTED and holder of Centre of Vocational Excellence award.
  • links with trials sponsors such as Coppens and Hampshire Carp

Fish holding facilities at the College can be divided into three main areas:

National Aquatics Training Centre

The National Aquatics Training Centre, completed in Spring 2004, remains an exciting development, still without match in the UK.

The building is a 650m² purpose-built fish house holding stocks of carp, catfish, tilapia and a massive range of ornamental species. The building features a large indoor koi pool, research areas and fully up-to-date holding systems, many sponsored by industrial contacts.

Salmonid Rearing and Trials Centre

The newly built £0.5m salmonid rearing and trials centre, completed in October 2012, 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 for the table. 

The SRTC also provides a site for a number of commercial trials on fish feed for the largest fish nutrition manufacturers in Britain.

The Sparsholt Fishery

The Sparsholt Fishery is a one-hectare lake, fed by water from the fish hatchery, which holds stocks of carp, roach, rudd, bream, crucian carp and tench. Students fish this lake as part of their courses or, on a day ticket basis, recreationally.


The fisheries department comprises nine full-time members of staff and six part-time members of staff, all of whom have extensive industry experience, whether that be fish farming, carrying out environmental work or writing for fish magazines. Download the Staff Profiles document on the right to find out more.



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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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