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Land and Wildlife Management – Fisheries (Level 3)

Fisheries practical lesson Shuttleworth College


Land and Wildlife Management – Fisheries, Advanced (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.

If you are not quite ready to study this Level 3 qualifications then the Countryside & Environment Level 2 course will cover the foundation knowledge and skills needed for you to progress on to a Level 3 qualification.


Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements

Duration: 2 Years:

  • 4 GCSEs grades 9–4 OR equivalent, ideally including English & maths


  • Relevant Level 2 qualification

If you are not quite ready to study this Level 3 qualifications then the Countryside & Environment Level 2 course will cover the foundation knowledge and skills needed for you to progress.

What qualifications will I gain?
  • 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.
  • English and maths qualifications if required
  • You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points for the Extended Diploma
How will I be assessed?

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.

Course content

What will I study?

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 unit:

  • 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

Next steps

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

The days you will be required in College will be Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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.

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.

If you are not quite ready to study this Level 3 qualifications then the Countryside & Environment Level 2 course will cover the foundation knowledge and skills needed for you to progress.

Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, or  contact

Available Courses
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 04/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: This course could be funded, for more information call us on 0345 658 8990 or use the Livechat below.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Shuttleworth College Fish Management Level 3
Fish Management


Starting at Shuttleworth was a fresh start for me as I didn’t really enjoy school so after my GCSEs I wanted to do something that made me happy. I’d got the bug for fishing when I was younger and used to go regularly with my dad. I found it really exciting and, as I got older, it enabled me to focus on something outside of school.  

I like the course because it’s very hands-on and it teaches us about a multi-million pound industry that has a lot of science behind it. 

I really enjoy the aquaculture side where we look at the breeding and rearing of fish and selling them on for consumption or leisure making good use of the college’s fish farm facilities. This includes everything from small scale UK business to huge establishments and how things such as Brexit affects them.  

We went on a trip to Holland in the first year to work with another college and also to look at artificial breeding and how to promote it. At the start of our second year we went to Malta, which is one of the best things I’ve ever done. We swam with tuna fish, which is a huge business in the Mediterranean, and studied the coastline environment.  We’ve also been to UK fish farms and will soon be going to the London Aquarium to support our studies. 

My tutors are brilliant. I have a lot of respect for them but also a good relationship so we can bounce ideas off each other. I’m not sure whether I want to go to university or not although this course will allow this, but I would like a career in the industry in the future 

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: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

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. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Find out more

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

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