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 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 2018 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 buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 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.

Student Profile
Hayley Clayton

Ambition: Game keeper

School: Carrisbrook High School, Isle of Wight

Age: 21

A gamekeeper’s daughter, Hayley is passionate about traditional country sports and enjoys the satisfaction of rearing healthy game birds and managing wild places.

Although she has a lot of practical experience, she realised she needed a recognised qualification if she wanted to make gamekeeping her career.
Impressed with the in-depth content of Reaseheath’s course and by our substantial links with the industry, Hayley and her two dogs made the move to Cheshire – and they haven’t regretted it for a minute.

“This course offered me such a lot,” recalls Hayley. “I’m learning how to start up a shoot from scratch and how the industry operates commercially. These are really important skills and will put me in a good position to find a job.”

Although unusual, Hayley finds being a girl in a male dominated industry isn’t a problem. She’s as much at home building pens, putting up fencing and riding a quad bike as she is doing paperwork.

During her course she’s learned how to rear and care for game birds such as pheasant, partridge, grouse and she’s studied the wild boar industry in France. She’s also enjoyed gun dog training and she’s been back to the Isle of Wight for work experience on a big estate.

Although dyslexic, Hayley hasn’t found her coursework a problem thanks to our helpful staff. Definitely a people person, she’s loved the social life on campus too.