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If you’ve ever wanted to run a shoot, work with deer or learn how to care for game, there is no better place than Lackham to start your career. With our 1600-acre estate as your classroom and unparalleled facilities at your disposal, you’ll be gaining industry experience and hands-on skills from day one You’ll learn how to manage an estate, picking up key skills with a full range of industry equipment and in a variety of environments, from river frontage and wetlands to ancient woodlands, farmland and a dedicated deer park with a herd of fallow deer. Several commercial shoot days sold to the public underpin the curriculum, and you’ll be involved in the process from start to finish: from raising the birds to providing excellent customer service at the shoot, giving you the best possible start for a career in game and countryside industries.
What will I learn?
A gamekeeper’s skillset is incredibly varied: from conservation to use of firearms, learning how to handle game meat to pest and predator control, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and experience to seek employment in any aspect of countryside recreation. Estate skills will be at the heart of your learning, with a vast outdoor classroom meaning every lesson will immerse you in an industry environment. Conservation and habitat management are also crucial, and you’ll learn these in an array of environments, gaining experience of freshwater and wetland management, woodland and farm habitat management. Working the shoots will give you detailed knowledge of each stage of the process, from producing gamebirds to working with dogs and beating, and the year ends with a celebratory beater’s day.
4 GCSEs grade A*-C in English, Maths and preferably Science or equivalent (or Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2)
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land and Wildlife (Game).
You’ll be expected to compete a 50-day work experience placement.
Assessment is through written, practical and industry-based assignments.
Additional Costs and Information
You will need to supply your own protective clothing such as a waterproof coat, overalls, leggings, safety wellingtons/work boots and gloves.
Structured visits and field trips are an important feature of this course: you will need to pay a contribution towards the costs of travel and ticket entry.
What Could I Do Next?
On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses
- Reserve Manager
- Environmental Researcher
- Park Ranger
- Fisheries Management