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Land and Wildlife Management – Fisheries (Level 3)

This study programme includes units to give students the practical and theoretical knowledge required for employment in the aquaculture or fisheries management sector and is designed to prepare you for a middle management role or those that wish to progress onto a higher education qualification in aquaculture and fisheries or another science based degree. You will also carry out duties maintaining the College fisheries facilities where students will develop their knowledge alongside their practical skills.


Fishing has been a big hobby of mine since I was eight years old, but when it came to looking at career choices I wasn’t sure how to get into the industry. By coming to College I am now learning with tutors who are recognised in industry and can advise on the route I should be going down.

I’m not one for being inside so I mostly enjoy the fishery management work and nettings out on the lake here at College. The facilities are really good and definitely not something you find everywhere.

I’ve had work experience at an angling club lake in Milton Keynes and this year I am going to RK Leisure, which is a large complex of lakes. Small fishing lakes are generally run by volunteers, but because this is a much more commercial set up there are management opportunities available. This is what I would like to pursue as a career.

The tutors at College are so knowledgeable and will always try and adapt the study programme to your needs and find a good balance between the theory and practical. You are always treated as an adult here, which makes you want to turn up, work hard and succeed.

Glen - Fish Management Level 3

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 2 Years
  • 4 GCSEs grades 9–4 ideally including English & maths OR 
  • Relevant Level 2 qualification

Course content

Year 1: during the first year of your study programme you will cover ten of the following units

Mandatory units

  • Principles of Health and Safety
  • Undertake and review work related experience in the land based industries
  • Land based industry machinery operations
  • Population surveys, ecology and conservation
  • Countryside recreation
  • Undertake estate skills

Optional units

  • Fresh water captive environments
  • River Fishery Creation and Management
  • Cyprinid Farming
  • Coarse, game and sea angling techniques

Year 2: during the second year of your study programme you will cover nine of the following units

Mandatory units

  • Principles of physical and biological environmental processes
  • Water quality
  • Fish Biology
  • Fishery management
  • Fresh water and Wetland Management
  • Fish Health
  • Warm water and marine aqua culture
  • Undertake a specialist project in the land based sector

Optional units

  • Aquatics Welfare and Breed Development
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience: 
    You will be required to find a work placement in both year 1 and 2 of the study programme to achieve the industry experience unit.
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • A number of trips will be organised in the UK and abroad, and you will also have the opportunity to enter angling competitions. 
    • The College works closely with the local community and employers to give you the experience of the working environment.
    • You will also study to achieve the following additional qualifications:
      • Survey techniques
      • Pesticide application
      • Angling coaching

Assessment methods

You will be continually assessed as the study programme progresses using a variety of methods, including presentations, case studies, assignments, practical assessments and externally set exams.


On completion of the two years you will be awarded City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management (Fisheries) qualification.

Plus English and Maths qualifications if required.

You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points for the Extended Diploma.

Further study and career options

Upon completion of this study programme you could progress on to a university degree in a related subject, or find employment in the fisheries industry, as well as other land-based industries.

Additional information

If commuting to Shuttleworth College will be difficult for you, then you can choose to live in our halls of residence on campus. Priority is given to those who live the furthest distance from the College so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our accommodation page for more information -

During the course you will have the opportunity to achieve additional professional qualifications. Please be aware that there may be an additional awarding body cost for these qualifications. In order to partake in the course you will be required to wear clothing suitable for working outdoors, including steel-toe capped boots and protective overalls for all practical sessions.

There will be a range of study tours, some of which will be free, and payment plans are available for those that have a cost. (Advanced notice of trips is given). You will be required to purchase equipment such as waders, gloves, steel toe caps and overalls in order to take part in practical sessions.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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