Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in

Game Management

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This course focuses on the core elements of game management with emphasis on employability skills. You will study at Reaseheath and on private shooting estates.

This is a two year course designed to give you the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career working  in game management and related fields, or to enable you to progress to a more advanced course.

Advanced Technical Extended Diploma

What will I study?

  • Work experience
  • Population surveys
  • Estate skills
  • Investigative project
  • Ecology of game species
  • Pest and predator control
  • Deer management
  • Game management
  • Shoot management
  • Stalking and shooting deer
  • Use of firearms
  • Working gundogs
  • Visiting speakers
  • Field trips
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
  • You will have the opportunity to work towards additional NPTC qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • 4 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, or
  • Relevant Level 2 Diploma, or
  • City & Guilds National Certificate, or
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship
  • Career changers welcome

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Working for organisations such as BASC, Natural England
  • Underkeeper / beat keeper
  • Pest control officer
  • Game bird dealer
  • Gundog trainer / breeder
Additional qualifications

You will have the opportunity to work towards additional NPTC qualifications.

Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2019 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college bus service collects over 1,400 students every day from far and wide. What’s more, getting to Reaseheath is FREE* on all college bus routes. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for up to 1,000 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

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Student Profile
Connah Baker

Winner of the Frank Jenkins Memorial Trophy – a highly coveted award presented annually by the National Gamekeepers Organisation to the country’s top gamekeeping student.

Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management (Game)

School: Wade Deacon High School, Widnes

Next step: Continuing to gain industry experience

Ambition: Head keeper

“I chose Reaseheath because it’s one of few colleges to offer training in game management. I’d give the course full marks for the quality of teaching and the way the lecturers support you. It has a really friendly environment too.

“One of my biggest achievements has been winning the Frank Jenkins Memorial Trophy. It was an amazing experience and I’d like to thank my Course Manager Ged Hunston for putting me forward and supporting me. I’ve watched that award being presented at the Midland Game Fair since I was ten and never dreamed that one day it would be me in the arena!

“I’ve received a great foundation for my career at Reaseheath and gaining this award will stand me in good stead during my hunt for employment.

“Although I don’t have a keepering background my family has always had an interest in working gundogs and country sports. My first work placement at Bostock Estate gave me an insight into the management of a big scale pheasant shoot and my second placement was on the Snailsden Estate, on a grouse moor in the Peak District.

“I was encouraged both by my lecturers, who sourced the placements, and the head keepers and I’m now applying to grouse estates for a job.”