City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma

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You’ll get to experience how lakes and rivers are managed. Plus you’ll back up your practical sessions with theory during your classroom sessions. You’ll get to discover the importance of plant life to aquatic ecosystems.

You will use the extensive facilities on the College estate and local areas to create and manage still water fisheries, habitat management as well as develop your own Coarse, Game and Sea Angling techniques.

Work Experience

Study programmes include a minimum of compulsory work experience hours achieved through one day a week or block placements. The amount of hours required is dependent on the study programme. 

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Industry Work Placement

All students aged 16-18 on our Level 2 & Level 3 programmes will now have to take part in an exciting and compulsory 50-day industry placement programme alongside completion of their vocational course. The programme will give you the chance to gain valuable skills in a real working environment whilst being paired with your ideal employer.

Our mission is to pair students with their ideal employer and to support them continuously during the placement.

There is flexibility on how students complete the placement; it can be during non-college weekdays, weekends, in blocks or over the holiday period. You will receive all of the necessary information during your interview, and if you have any queries in the meantime please contact

Qualifications Gained

  • Advanced Technical Certificate/Extended Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management (Fisheries)
  • Plumpton College Certificate
  • Additional work related qualifications
  • College award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and Maths
Three students handling a bucket of small fishA tiny silver fish in the palm of a person handFour students in waders beside a fishing lakeMember of staff handles small fish
Entry Requirements:
  • You’ll need to have achieved 4 GCSEs between Grade 9-4 (previous grade structure A-C) including English, Maths and a Science
  • Successful completion of a Level 2 course

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered

Dates & Location:

September 2020


2 years

3 days per week

Tahnee Staplehurst

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fishery Management

I've really enjoyed all the practical activities that we got to do like habitat management, reed pulling and seine netting, plus I've also had the chance to go on lots of fishing trips.

Future Opportunities

After completing your course, you’ll have the skills to find employment in a role such as:

  • Environment Agency
  • Fisheries Manager/bailiff
  • Fisheries Scinence and Environmental Monitoring
  • Working in Aquaculture/fish farming
  • Jobs in the Fishing Tackle Industry (Reps, Bait Manufacturing, Shop Owner)
  • Building and designing ornamental fish ponds
  • Degree Courses in Fish Biology, Marine Biology, Aquatic Scenece, Fisheries Management, Fish Husbandry & Aquaculture.

Students may progress in to employment or enter Higher Education at Foundation Degree level.


Health and Safety

This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles of health and safety and how these can be applied in practice within the land-based or related industries.

Work Experience

The aim of the unit is to give you the skills needed to identify, participate in and review work experience in the environmental and land-based sector.

Machinery Operations

This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles of land based machinery operations and how these can be applied in practice.

Population surveys, ecology and conservation

This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles of ecology and conservation and how these can be applied in practice within the land-based sector. 

Countryside Reactions

The purpose of this unit is for you to acquire the skills and knowledge used in countryside recreation provision, and how these can be applied in practice. 

Estate Skills

The purpose of this unit is to introduce you to common estate skills and knowledge and how these can be applied in practice. 

Fisheries Management

This unit aims to introduce you to fishery skills and management and how these can be applied in practice. 

Cyprinid Farming

Cyprinid fish are farmed on a large scale worldwide not only for food but also for the coldwater ornamental fish industry (such as koi and goldfish) and as an increasingly important element in the development of sports fisheries. 

River Fishery Creation

This unit allows you to study river habitats and relate this to how they can be managed sustainably for anglers, taking into account the important needs of the environment and other users. 

Stillwater Fishery Creation

This allows you to study various characteristics of stillwaters, enabling you to understand and how to plan, create and manage fisheries to meet the requirements of the anglers and the fish.

Freshwater and Wetland Management

In this unit you will investigate the full range of fresh water habitats found in the UK (lentic, lotic and wetland) and their ecology.

Environmental Processes

The purpose of this unit is for you to understand where life exists, and the consequent land usage, dependent on  the geology, climate and water availability.

Water Quality

This unit aims to introduce you to skills and knowledge associated with water quality and how these can be applied in practice. 

Fish Health

For a range of diseases causes both pathogenic (viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites) and non-pathogenic (genetic, nutritional and environmental), you will be able to describe the biology, aetiology and possible symptoms of a disease outbreak. You will then go on to investigate treatment and, more importantly, preventative measures that can be used to mitigate against the development of diseases. You will also understand the legal implications of fish diseases and their statutory responsibilities for maintaining fish health and welfare. 

Fish Biology

You will understand the anatomy and physiology of fish and how an understanding of behaviour can be applied to fish management and the feeding and nutritional requirements of fish. 

Warmwater and marine aquaculture

Warmwater and marine aquaculture is an essential part of food production worldwide and is a growing sector of fish production. 

Specialist Project

The purpose of this unit is for you to gain an understanding of the principles of undertaking a specialist project and how this can be put into practice. 

Aquatic Ecosystems

The purpose of this unit is for you to understand the key ideas and principles of aquatic ecosystems and how understanding these principles is essential in their practical management and protection. 

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