Learn the skills needed for a career in gamekeeping and wildlife management, in an environment that brings the classroom theory to life. Our Duchy College Stoke Climsland campus offers plenty of opportunities for hands-on practical experience and is set in over 700 acres. We also have strong links with the game conservancy, BASC, National Gamekeeping Organisation, Countryside Alliance, National Trust, RSPCA and the RSPB. We regularly work with Local shoots, Cornwall and Devon Wildlife Trust and Duchy Woodlands.
You want to explore game and wildlife management and associated industries such as forestry, fisheries, estates and river management.
Four GCSEs at grade D or 3 to include English and maths.
Knowledge and skills in rearing game birds, the control of pests and vermin, managing and assessing health and welfare of game. You will also undertake game, fishery and wildlife habitat management on the College estate and gain a variety of experience and skills including practical work on local sites, shooting estates and woodlands.
To have the opportunity to gain competence certificates and undertake a work placement. Assessment includes both coursework and exams.
Our strong links with Game Conservancy, BASC, National Gamekeeping Organisation, Countryside Alliance, The National Trust, Cornwall and Devon Wildlife Trust, Duchy Woodlands, RSPCA and the RSPB.
Employment or further study such as our Game & Wildlife Management Technical Extended Diploma Level 3 or an apprenticeship.
Natalie Pidgeon Gamekeeping & Wildlife Management Diploma
"My dad's a gamekeeper and the Gamekeeping & Wildlife Management Diploma involved everything he was doing so I can help him whilst learning. At college we rear all kinds of game including feeding them during the day plus things like welding and tractor driving. Everyone gets involved, you share experiences and I've learnt a lot so far. I'd like to carry on and take the Level 3 here."
Robb Dunn Head of Land-based & Food Studies
Food and farming expert Rob Dunn has recently joined the leadership team for Duchy and Bicton College had has taken on the role of curriculum lead, overseeing education provision across the region and projects such as the new Future Farm scheme; the £10 million creation of a new skills centre, dairy unit and pioneering research centre at Duchy College Stoke Climsland. Rob has worked at a number of land-based colleges around the UK. Rob also presents a weekly farming show for a Cornish radio station and is a judge for the British Farming Awards.
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.