Tom - BSc Aquaculture and Fishery Management student


BSc (Hons) Aquaculture and Fishery Management

I knew working within the environmental sector was what I desperately wanted to do, so when I found out about the courses at Sparsholt there was no looking back.

Sparsholt has an excellent reputation within the fisheries industry – people recommended it to me and I’d also read about it within magazines and online articles. A lot of well-known people within the industry have come from Sparsholt so being part of that feels very special.

The course was brilliant – I enjoyed every single day and would definitely recommend it. It covers many aspects of aquaculture and fisheries management, which helped to broaden my knowledge and experience and decide which route I wanted to take next. Having a small working group helped to get a better working relationship with the lecturers as well as classmates, and I feel gaining my qualification from Sparsholt really helped with the next steps when looking for full-time work.

I am currently working as a fisheries field scientist consultant at an environmental consultancy based in Stockport. A lot of my time is spent conducting fisheries surveys and fish rescues as well as lots of other aquatic ecology jobs all over the country, travelling to different locations each week. I learnt loads of skills on the course which have all been useful in my day-to-day job. Electrofishing, netting and fish husbandry are three skills I use most often, so gaining the prior theory and practical element of these has helped me massively within my working life.

Being able to turn a passion of mine into giving something back to the environment really means a lot.


Find out more about Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Studies courses at University Centre Sparsholt.