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, and to Norfolk to see how wild grey partridge are managed.
• 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
Optional 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?
One year course – English or Maths GCSE at grade C/4 plus three other GCSEs at C/4 or Level 2 at Merit.
Two year course – English and Maths GCSE at grade C/4 plus three other GCSEs at C/4 or Level 2 at Merit.
What can I study next?
• 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