Current FdSc Sports Fisheries and Aquaculture student
I first heard about Sparsholt through articles in angling magazines and started here on the Level 3 Extended Diploma course in September 2013. Sparsholt is well known in the angling world due to the training it provides and the facilities such as the Salmonid Rearing and Trials Centre and the National Aquatic Training Centre.
I worked for a few years and backpacked around South-East Asia and Australia before deciding it was time to get back into education. After seeing the facilities and meeting the lecturers at Sparsholt, I knew this was where I wanted to study. The Level 3 course was a great way to get back into education as it’s a very hands on course.
After completing the first year and getting a Distinction*, I decided to challenge myself by skipping the last year of the course and moving onto the degree course. My tutors helped me every step of the way with this and were very encouraging. I chose to stay at Sparsholt instead of looking at other universities because of the contacts that they have within the industry, as well as the relationship I had developed with the lecturers.
I’ve been lucky enough to do two work placements in Thailand and Australia during my time at Sparsholt, and after finishing the course I am hoping to work on a fish farm abroad.