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 (Scotland) and Level 5 (Malta). They are a great opportunity to experience different vocational opportunities and other facilities.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is primarily by coursework, including practical portfolios, laboratory reports, case studies and essay style assignments. At Level Five a combination of formal examinations and group research projects also contribute to overall assessment.
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.
• Introductory Science
• Fishery Science
• Water Quality
• Industry Skills
• Fishery Management
• Salmonid Aquaculture
• Academic Skills including IT
• Tropical Aquaculture
• Fish Health and Nutrition
• Marine and Warmwater Fish Farming
• Fishery Appraisal
• Financial Studies
• Applied Industrial Research including Data Analysis
• Work Practice 2
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 Ext. Diploma P + 6 units at Merit or above
BTEC Diploma MM
City & Guilds Diploma M
Access to HE A satisfactory pass in a relevant Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Science units at Merit
International Baccalaureate Appropriate IB Certificates considered
GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English.