What will I learn?
The programme combines scientific, managerial and practical skills that are developed in a range of subjects such as water quality, fish anatomy and physiology, fishery management and ecology, aquaculture, fish health and nutrition, business and environmental management.
During the course there are also extensive periods of work experience. Recent placements have included carp fisheries in Spain and France, salmon farms in Tasmania and New Zealand, goldfish farms in the United States, Royal aquariums in the Middle East, research into ornamental fish welfare in the Philippines, Coral Cay Conservation in Fiji and research for the Natal Shark Board in South Africa.
Closer to home, University Centre Sparsholt has excellent links with potential placement destinations including public aquariums, coarse and game fisheries, government fishery laboratories and numerous fish farms.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment at level four and five is primarily by exams and coursework which includes practical portfolios, laboratory reports, case studies and essay style assignments. At level six there is a greater emphasis on group projects and independent research.
Where can I go from here?
You can move onto a MSc or PhD programme.
Sparsholt graduates now work as aquatic and fishery management consultants, in specialist angling publications, tackle and bait manufacturers, public aquaria, fisheries enforcement and product development, as lab and research technicians, in education and teaching and as fish farmers and fishery managers.
• Academic Skills
• Fishery Science
• Industrial Experience
• Introductory Fishery Management
• Introductory Science
• Salmonid Aquaculture
• Water Quality
• Financial Studies
• Fish Health and Nutrition
• Fishery Appraisal
• Industrial Development
• Marine Fish Farming
• Statistics and research methods
• Tropical Aquaculture
• Applied Fishery Science
• Developments in Fish Production and Processing
• Enterprise and Management
• Environmental Management
• Further Statistics
• Professional Industrial Development
A Level Three A Level passes, including two at grade C or above, one of which should be in a science
BTEC Ext. Diploma DMM
City & Guilds Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) DMM
BTEC National Diploma N/A
City & Guilds Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720) N/A
Access to HE A Merit profile in a relevant Access course with 96 tariff points including a minimum of 15 credits at merit in science-based units
International Baccalaureate 24 points with HL Science at 4
GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English