Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in

Aquatic Ecosystems and Fisheries Management

You will study all aspects of fish and fishery management on this course. Working on the Reaseheath site and a wide variety of local fisheries and estates, you will have the opportunity to develop practical skills and gain a broad base of knowledge. This course will be the foundation for your future career in fisheries.

A two year programme that will provide opportunities for developing new skills and knowledge that are essential in a wide variety of fishery management roles. Close contact with the industry will ensure that you are up-to-date with current trends and practice.

What will I study?

  • Fish biology and behaviour
  • Estate skills
  • Fish health and welfare
  • Still water fishery creation and management
  • Cyprinid fish farming
  • Mechanisation in fish husbandry
  • Water quality
  • Water pollution control and management
  • Coarse game and sea angling techniques
  • Freshwater and wetland management
  • Fishery management
  • Fish population surveys and management
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • At least 4 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, these must include English, Maths and Science, or
  • Relevant Level 2 Diploma
  • Appropriate practical experience
  • Career changers welcome

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • Progress into higher education

Career options

  • Fishery manager
  • River keeper
  • Estate management
  • Water industry
  • Fish farming
  • Ecology and conservation
  • Associated retail trades
  • Ornamental fish industry

Student Profile
Callum Binnersley

Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management (Fisheries) 

Next step: More experience in fish farm management  

Ambition: Fishery owner 

The best parts of my course are the opportunities to learn about fishery management and fish care through hands on experience. 

“We’re well supported by our course tutors in practical sessions and I’m also gaining relevant skills at my work placement at Cudmore Fisheries. It’s a popular coarse and carp fishery and I work there for my term time placement and during holidays. 

“I was introduced to Cudmore Fisheries during a college field trip when we helped to sein net the lake as part of a stock assessment. I’m gaining a fantastic overview of site management, including maintenance and customer care. Reaseheath has a good reputation within the industry and I use all the skills I’ve learned, such as how to weigh and health check fish.”