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Land and Wildlife (Gamekeeping) Level 3


This course is designed to produce students who have knowledge to an industry-standard and develop practical skills appropriate for the role of modern game or countryside manager. Some students choose to use the course as a vocational route into Higher Education. In year one learners may also achieve the 90 credit diploma.


Gamekeepers, Riverkeepers and Deer Stalkers have played an important historic role in the management of the British countryside. Future countryside and land managers will have an even more important role to play in a constantly evolving and changing countryside, however they must not lose traditional knowledge and skills. They must be aware of the increasing pressures on the rural environment and be prepared to apply modern techniques within sporting and countryside management to ensure the British countryside remains internationally important for shooting and conservation.

The modern gamekeeper or game manager has a broad remit beyond the traditional tasks and their role also includes being part land manager, part conservationist, part ecologist, part wildlife manager. This course is designed to produce students who have knowledge to industry standard and appropriate skills to be successful in this challenging employment area. It will give a thorough grounding in both theory and practical skills. A countryside manager must be aware of legislation, threats, opportunities and developments. the use of pest and predator control as a management tool and the safe use of firearms and legislation, deer management and stalking, incubation and rearing, commercialisation and management. The course also studies upland, river, and woodland management.

A gamekeeper must have good interpersonal skills allowing them to interact with the public, clients, external agencies and others within the countryside professions in addition to studying the recognised subjects. An important aspect of the course is an extensive period of work placement when the student will be in the work place with gamekeepers, river managers, stalkers, conservation organisations and/or land managers. They will be expected to work alongside current practitioners learning traditional/modern skills and approaches and the problems associated with them.

Students will also have access to a range of resources which include our own grouse moor,  farm shoot and deer management area, modern rearing systems, woodland and wetland study sites, river/riparian habitats and woodlands. You will have the opportunity to achieve a range of industry recognised additional qualifications which may include All Terrain Vehicles, tractor driving, game meat hygiene and Level One Deer Stalking Certificate, although some of these courses may incur an additional charge.

Entry Requirements

Usually at least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (new GCSE grading levels 4 to 9) to include any 2 from English, Maths and Science with at least a grade D in the remaining subject. Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English and Maths at Level 2

Further Study

Upon successful completion of this course students may progress to a Foundation Degree or Degree in a related topic.

Newton Rigg College,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400