Creating and maintaining good, healthy habitats which are beneficial to all wildlife is at the heart of a gamekeeper’s job. Gamekeeping has changed significantly over the years and while you will still be responsible for the husbandry of both reared and wild game for shooting, your time will also be spent helping to shape the countryside and protecting its species.
We offer three options for you to gain a career in the gamekeeping industry depending on your GCSE results. Our Level 3 course offers you the choice of university study or employment on successful completion of your course. Our Level 2 and Level 1 courses are ideal should your GCSEs not be what you expected, with the option to progress to Level 2 or Level 3.
This full-time level 1 course is ideal for anyone interested in outdoor practical skills and is a great introduction to gamekeeping. Throughout the course you will learn a range of gamekeeping disciplines including habitat management and caring for game animals.
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You have a keen interest in conservation, game and wildlife management and wish to develop good practical skills.
GCSE English and maths at grade 2, or equivalent qualifications at Entry Level 3.
Learn the basic skills you need to progress on to one of our
Level 2 courses including practical skills in wildlife and habitat management, rearing and caring for game birds. Progress on to either the Land & Wildlife Management Level 2 or the Countryside & Wildlife Conservation Certificate Level 2.
To complete an additional qualification in Work Skills, alongside your game and wildlife training. A practical work placement within the industry one day per week is highly recommended.
Working outdoors as part of a team, building your confidence and self-awareness.
Our Level 2 Land and Wildlife Management Certificate.
Careers in this industry
- Game farm manager
We are the only College in the West Country delivering Gamekeeping
Peter Walters Programme Manager Gamekeeping & WildlifePeter has worked as a gamekeeper and estate manager most of his life and started working at Duchy College as an assessor. Peter was then offered the chance to set up the gamekeeping courses and has been with the College for eight years.
"Gamekeeping offers students the chance to learn outside the classroom and enjoy the countryside, while helping to manage game, wildlife and habitat. Our courses prepare students for a wide range of careers in this sector.”
*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.