What will I learn?
You’ll undertake work placements on sporting estates, giving you the opportunity to build your industry and employment contacts. Regular field trips and study tours may include visits to Teesdale to work on some of Britain’s most prestigious grouse moors, to Norfolk to see how wild grey partridge is managed and to Deeside to experience highland deer stalking.
• Wildlife ecology
• Habitat management and estate and conservation skills
• Deer management and stalking
• Game bird rearing, production and pest and predator control
• Shoot management, firearm use and working dogs
Possible Additional Qualifications
• Chainsaw and Brushcutter use
• All Terrain Vehicle Handling (Quad bikes)
• Award in Wild Game Meat Hygiene
• Award in Food Safety in Catering
• Deer Stalking Certificate Level 1
• Maths or English GCSE if not held at grade C/4 or above (one year course only)
What grades will I need?
Two year course
• Five GCSEs including Science, with Maths and English at grade C/4 or above or Level 2 at Merit level plus GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or above.
One year course
• Four GCSEs at grade C/4 including English/Level 2 Diploma at Merit level plus GCSE English at C/4 or above.
Where will it lead me?
• Degree courses in Ecology and Rural Estate Management
• Level 3 or 4 Apprenticeships
• Underkeeper or beatkeeper working on a sporting estate
• Wildlife Ranger with the Forestry Commission
• Deer Manager