Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in

Game Management

This course focuses on the core elements of game management with emphasis on employability skills. You will study at Reaseheath and on private shooting estates.

This is a two year course designed to give you the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career working in game management and related fields, or to enable you to progress to a more advanced course.

What will I study?

  • Work experience
  • Population surveys
  • Estate skills
  • Investigative project
  • Ecology of game species
  • Pest and predator control
  • Deer management
  • Game management
  • Shoot management
  • Stalking and shooting deer
  • Use of firearms
  • Working gundogs
  • Visiting speakers
  • Field trips
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
  • You will have the opportunity to work towards additional NPTC qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • 4 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including Maths, English and Science, or
  • Relevant Level 2 Diploma, or
  • City & Guilds National Certificate, or
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship
  • Career changers welcome

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • Progress into higher education

Career options

  • Working for organisations such as BASC, Natural England
  • Underkeeper / beat keeper
  • Pest control officer
  • Game bird dealer
  • Gundog trainer / breeder

Student Profile
Alex Milroy

Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management (Game) 2021 

Job title: Beat keeper, Derbyshire Peak District

Ambition: Head keeper

“I’m a beat keeper on a grouse shoot and help to manage the moorland habitat for the game birds and for the resident wildlife. I did my work placement here and was invited to apply when the post became vacant. This is my second permanent position and both involve upland management, which I studied at college.  

“Cutting back heather and controlling bracken has a huge conservation benefit, as it encourages new heather shoots which grouse and other species of birds depend on to survive and raise their young. We’re also reinstating heather into areas which have been overgrazed and re-wetting parts of the moor by modifying water sources.  

“Informed management like this encourages breeding success and we’re supporting stunning birds like lapwing, golden plover and merlin.”