Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in

Aquatic Ecosystems and Fisheries Management

You will study all aspects of fish and fishery management on this course. Working on the Reaseheath site and a wide variety of local fisheries and estates, you will have the opportunity to develop practical skills and gain a broad base of knowledge. This course will be the foundation for your future career in fisheries.

A two year programme that will provide opportunities for developing new skills and knowledge that are essential in a wide variety of fishery management roles. Close contact with the industry will ensure that you are up-to-date with current trends and practice.

What will I study?

  • Fish biology and behaviour
  • Estate skills
  • Fish health and welfare
  • Still water fishery creation and management
  • Cyprinid fish farming
  • Mechanisation in fish husbandry
  • Water quality
  • Water pollution control and management
  • Coarse game and sea angling techniques
  • Freshwater and wetland management
  • Fishery management
  • Fish population surveys and management
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • At least 4 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, these must include English, Maths and Science, or
  • Relevant Level 2 Diploma
  • Appropriate practical experience
  • Career changers welcome

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Fishery manager
  • River keeper
  • Estate management
  • Water industry
  • Fish farming
  • Ecology and conservation
  • Associated retail trades
  • Ornamental fish industry

Student Profile
Martin Searle

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fisheries Management

School: Liverpool Community College

Next step: Masters Degree in Environmental Science

Ambition: Fisheries manager or scientific researcher

“I worked as a chef for ten years but my passion is the environment, particularly fishing, so I decided to return to education and change career.

“I didn’t realise what options would be available to me but my eyes were really opened by this course. Fisheries is a good industry to be in with lots of employment opportunities.

“I’ve been accepted at university and I’m looking forward to studying more in-depth science and research. I’ve also been offered a job at an aquatics shop where I did my work experience, so I’ll do that part time to fund my degree.”