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 also have a college run shoot, organised by the students.
We’re well supported by organisations such as the National Gamekeepers Organisation, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.
Reaseheath College’s new partnership with Mickley Hall Shooting School
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 and sustainable environment which will benefit all wildlife.
Learn about deer ecology in the classroom and gain practical experience in games larders at local estates.
Receive basic firearms instruction from professionals at an external shooting range.
You will receive basic firearms instruction from professionals at external shooting ranges such as Mickley Hall in Aston, where you can then enjoy clay pigeon group instruction.
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).
“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.”