Gamekeeping is one of the oldest professions in the land-based industries and is still a popular career choice today.
Whether you are interested in pheasant and partridge, grouse or deer, you will gain the knowledge required to get a job in the industry. A combination of classroom theory and excellent industry links off-site helps to create outstanding, employable students.
Although a traditional job, the modern gamekeeper also needs an understanding of how their role fits into a constantly evolving environment where agriculture, forestry and sustainable land management play an increasingly important role in the prevention of climate change.
The department has strong industry links and works closely with professionals across the field, all valuable support for your career progression. Our course managers pride themselves on being truly passionate about their subject areas and all have their own extensive industry experience.
Reaseheath College’s new partnership with Mickley Hall Shooting School
Level 3 Technical Baccalaureate in Land and Wildlife Management (Game)
School: Yscol Botwnnog, Caernarfonshire
Next step: Degree or job in industry
Ambition: Deer Manager
“I’ve been fascinated by deer since I was very young. Reaseheath has a great reputation for its game management courses and I’d already done two taster days so I knew I definitely wanted to be a student here.
“Stand out moments have been my two week work placement on a Suffolk estate, learning about lowland deer management from the head stalker. I’m spending another two weeks in Scotland so I can see how upland deer management works. The systems are very different.
“This course covers everything I need and it’s hard to pick out what I enjoy most. I’m looking forward to more hands on experience and also to doing an extended project for my Tech Bacc.”
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Why study Game and Wildlife Management at Reaseheath?
You’ll learn how to manage upland and lowland habitats to ensure they provide a healthy environment which will benefit all wildlife. You will also learn about deer ecology in the classroom and gain practical experience in the larder at local estates.
In addition, you’ll also receive basic firearms instruction from professionals at an external shooting range and enjoy clay pigeon group instruction at Mickley Hall shooting school.
We have excellent links with local grouse moors in the Peak District where you will gain practical experience and take part in shoot days, supervised by staff.
You can also gain additional qualifications offered through nationally recognised organisations such as the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and the National Gamekeepers Organisation (NGO).
To enhance your skills even further, you could also have the brilliant opportunity of getting involved in running a small shoot close to campus for extra experience, and develop your skills on a study tour, which may include a trip to Balmoral to help with estate deer management.
“The key to succeeding in any career is gaining those all-important relevant qualifications. Gamekeeping is no different. If you want to succeed, choose your college and course wisely.
“Last year’s winner of the National Gamekeepers Organisation’s Martin Jenkins award (for student gamekeepers), who attended Reaseheath, did just that. A good college and an excellent course.”