Gamekeeping is one of the oldest professions in the country and still a popular career choice today.
Whether you are interested in pheasant and partridge, grouse or deer, you will gain the knowledge required to get a job in the industry. A combination of classroom theory and excellent industry links off-site helps to create outstanding, employable students.
Although a traditional job, the modern gamekeeper needs to understand how their role fits in an ever-changing environment where agriculture, forestry and conservation all play a part.
The department has strong industry links and works closely with professionals across the field, all valuable support for your career progression. Our course managers pride themselves on being truly passionate about their subject areas and all have their own extensive industry experience.
You’ll have the chance to take part in a range of work placements as well as gain additional industry recognised qualifications.
We’re also well supported by organisations such as the National Gamekeepers Organisation, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.
Level 3 Technical Baccalaureate in Land and Wildlife Management (Game)
School: Yscol Botwnnog, Caernarfonshire
Next step: Degree or job in industry
Ambition: Deer Manager
“I’ve been fascinated by deer since I was very young. Reaseheath has a great reputation for its game management courses and I’d already done two taster days so I knew I definitely wanted to be a student here.
“Stand out moments have been my two week work placement on a Suffolk estate, learning about lowland deer management from the head stalker. I’m spending another two weeks in Scotland so I can see how upland deer management works. The systems are very different.
“This course covers everything I need and it’s hard to pick out what I enjoy most. I’m looking forward to more hands on experience and also to doing an extended project for my Tech Bacc.”
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Why study Game and Wildlife Management at Reaseheath?
Learn how to manage upland and lowland habitats to ensure they provide a healthy environment which will benefit all wildlife.
Learn about deer ecology in the classroom and gain practical experience in the larder at local estates.
Receive basic firearms instruction from professionals at an external shooting range.
Enjoy clay pigeon group instruction at Mickley Hall shooting school.
We have excellent links with local grouse moors in the Peak District where you will gain practical experience and take part in shoot days, supervised by staff.
Gain additional qualifications offered through nationally recognised organisations such as the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and the National Gamekeepers Organisation (NGO).
Where could your career take you?
If you’re looking for a career in the outdoors, gamekeeping and wildlife management could fit the bill perfectly for you! You’ll have to enjoy working independently, be prepared for early starts and late finishes, and enjoy working outdoors whatever the weather.
Life as a gamekeeper can be very varied. The shoot season is sure to keep you incredibly busy as you will spend most of your time organising shooting activities and managing teams of ‘beaters’. Aside from that, a large part of your role will focus on land management. For example, you could be clearing dense woodland, repairing fences, or building feeding stations for game birds, so you will need practical skills as well as a sound understanding of habitat management.
Many of the jobs in this industry come with added benefits such as rent-free accommodation on the estate you could be working on.
Some of the roles you could go into with our game and wildlife management qualification include:
- Pest control officer
- Underkeeper / beat keeper
- Game bird dealer
- Gundog trainer / breeder
- Working for organisations such as the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) or Natural England
You could find employment in any of these types of businesses:
- Sporting estates
- Game rearing
- Factoring of estates
- Shooting agents
- Suppliers of feed and rearing equipment
While you don’t need a university degree to break into this line of work, gamekeeping and wildllife management careers are competitive so studying with us with help you stand out from the crowd.
Your Reaseheath Experience
As a game student you will benefit from our strong industry links with leading bodies within the sector including the National Gamekeepers Organisation, the British Deer Society and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation. These allow us privileged access to working sporting estates where you will gain an overview of the different options on offer within the industry.
Further opportunities for practical experience include trips to Scotland, where you may get involved with deer management. We also visit local shoots and those in the peak district to further your practical experience.
Become career ready
Life in the game and wildlife industry can be a truly fantastic lifestyle, and we’re focused on preparing you for the world of work. You can add to your CV by studying towards additional qualifications such as pest control and ATV handling. (Qualifications are awarded by external bodies, so there may be an extra cost.)
“The key to succeeding in any career is gaining those all-important relevant qualifications. Gamekeeping is no different. If you want to succeed, choose your college and course wisely.
“Last year’s winner of the National Gamekeepers Organisation’s Martin Jenkins award (for student gamekeepers), who attended Reaseheath, did just that. A good college and an excellent course.”
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