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Advanced Apprenticeship in Land & Wildlife Management (Gamekeeping) (Level 3)

Key course information

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based


1 year


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Course Overview

Transform your love of the outdoors into a career with an advanced apprenticeship in gamekeeping at our Lackham Campus. With our 1600-acre estate as your outdoor classroom, there’s no better place to learn all the key skills for working in land and wildlife management. You’ll be managing game and wildlife species, protecting habitats and promoting biodiversity. The land-based sector is huge, and could take you far: from the highlands to fisheries and from tourism to retail, your apprenticeship will give you the workplace experience that is invaluable while seeking employment in a diverse industry. Lackham is home to a variety of game, and the Lackham shoot is at the heart of the gamekeeping curriculum. You’ll contribute to the management of habitats and the running of the shoot, picking up essential estate skills along the way. Your hands-on learning will be complemented with business and management knowledge, preparing you to complete shoot-related paperwork, legal documents and for hiring and supervising staff.

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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 a Level 1 qualification, or a GCSE grade D in Maths and English.

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

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

The duration of the apprenticeship is between 12 and 18 months.

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

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

A mixture of on and off the job training provides a variety of learning opportunities across the whole programme.

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

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based

Career Opportunities

  • Stock Person
  • Dairy Person
  • Zookeeper

  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Groom
  • Tree Surgeon

Grooms who work with competition or racehorses will get many opportunities to travel both in the UK and abroad

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