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Intermediate Apprenticeship in Game and Wildlife Management (Lowland) (Level 2)

Key course information

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based


1 year


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Course Overview

If you enjoy practical, outdoor work with a focus on the countryside, an apprenticeship and career in gamekeeping could be for you. The game and wildlife industry involves the management of game and wildlife species, protecting habitats and promoting biodiversity. The industry also supports tourism and recreation, is a source of high-quality meat. Besides a range of exciting hands-on skills, you’ll also build a portfolio of crucial business competencies needed to complete shoot-related paperwork, legal documents, records of shot and for hiring and supervising staff. An apprenticeship in gamekeeping is the best way into the game and wildlife sector, giving you essential industry experience and underpinning your practical skills with the knowledge necessary to succeed.

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What will I learn?

As a gamekeeper, you’ll be maintaining an estate and ensuring there is enough game for clients to shoot. Throughout your apprenticeship, you’ll learn how to monitor and manage game populations and habitats, including buying, breeding and raising game. You’ll learn how to control pests and predators. At the heart of your role is the shoot, so you’ll learn about and be involved with every element of what is a complex and exciting process. From training and working with gun dogs to implementing shooting programmes you’ll be involved from start to finish. You’ll learn how to manage the shoot day itself, from building your customer service skills to managing staff, and afterwards you’ll be involved in arranging the sale of game.

Entry Requirements

A minimum requirement is an Entry Level 3 qualification, or a GCSE grade E in Maths and English.

All applicants will be required to complete initial assessments in Maths, English and ICT.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Intermediate apprenticeships in Gamekeeping can take between 12 and 18 months to complete. This programme can be delivered entirely in the workplace with regular assessor visits.

The Competence and Knowledge Elements will be assessed in the workplace using evidence to build a portfolio. You will have access to College learning resources and support.

If required, Functional Skills will generally be delivered at our Lackham campus.

Evidence of GCSE Grade C and above in Maths and English may mean that you will not be required to complete the Functional Skills elements, in which case your training may be entirely work based.

Additional Costs and Information

To assist you during your apprenticeship, you may be required to purchase some equipment and resources.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

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