What will I learn?
The programme is designed to develop the practical, scientific and specialist skills needed by the fishery management and aquaculture industry. Subjects studied include water quality, fish anatomy and physiology, fishery management and ecology, aquaculture and fish health and nutrition.
You will also gain work experience in various industry sectors. Previous placements range from Scottish salmon farms, specimen carp fisheries in England, France and Spain and a tilapia farm in Jamaica to river keeping on local chalk streams, the London Aquarium, the Fish Disease Laboratory at Weymouth and bait manufacturers.
Study tours are embedded into the course at Level 4 and Level 5. They are a great opportunity to experience different vocational opportunities and other facilities.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment includes coursework (such as practical portfolios, laboratory reports, case studies and essay style assignments) in combination with formal examinations and group research projects.
Where can I go from here?
You can progress to the BSc (Hons) in Aquaculture and Fishery Management Top-up at University Centre Sparsholt; alternatively there are BSc programmes available at other universities.
Sparsholt students have also gained employment as sports fishery managers, fish farmers and fishery officers in the Environment Agency.
- Principles in Aquatic Science
- Fishery Science
- Industrial Experience
- Water Quality
- Introductory Fishery Management
- Salmonid Aquaculture
- Academic Skills
- Tropical Aquaculture
- Fish Health and Nutrition
- Marine Fish Farming (Optional)
- Aquarium Design and Husbandry (optional)
- Fishery Appraisal
- Financial Studies
- Applied Industrial Research
- Industrial Development
- A Level – Two A Level passes, including one at grade C or above which should be in a science
- BTEC Ext. Diploma – MMP
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical Ext. Diploma (1080) – MMP
- BTEC Diploma – MM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720) – MM
- TLevels – Pass in a relevant subject
- Access to HE – A satisfactory pass in a relevant Access course with 74 tariff points, with 24 credits at merit or above including 12 credits in science-based units
- International Baccalaureate Appropriate IB Certificates considered
- Plus GCSE maths and English at grade 4/C or above or Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English.