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If you’re leaving school or looking to add to your skills, this could be the ideal course for you. You’ll be able to learn about coarse, sea and game handling, habitat management and business management.

You can look forward to lots of practical experience during your session at our Plumpton College chalk stream and our new on-site lake. You’ll also get to spend time at our dedicated fishery facility.

You will be studying a Level 2 Technical Certificate in Land and Wildlife (Fisheries).

This one year programme is designed for those who are interested in a successful career working in the fishery sector. The programme has a mixture of theory and practical sessions during which you will learn a wide range of skills which will include coarse, sea and game angling as well as habitat creation and management.

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. 

Careers Hub

We offer impartial careers guidance to all of our students, email careers@plumpton.ac.uk to explore your next step or to book an appointment – we’re here to help.

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 workexperience@plumpton.ac.uk

Qualifications Gained

  • Level 2 Technical Certificate in Land and Wildlife (Fisheries) 
  • Plumpton College Certificate
  • Additional Work Related Qualifications
  • College Award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and maths
Entry Requirements:


  • You’ll need to have achieved 2 GCSEs between Grade 9-3 (previous grade sturucture A-D)
  • Successful completion of a Level 1 course, having studied English and Maths at GCSE

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered

Dates & Location:

September 2020


1 year

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 can choose to go on to study a Level 3 in Fisheries Management.

Alternatively, you’ll have the skills to find employment in a role such as a Fishery Manager, building or designing ornamental fish ponds or working on a fish farm.


Sports Fishery Management

The purpose of this unit to for you to gain an understanding of the principles of freshwater sport fishery management. 

Coarse and Game Angling

This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles of game and coarse angling and how these can be applied in practice.

Estate Skills

This unit gives you the opportunity to develop skills to assist with ongoing repairs around a farm, shooting estate, fishery or nature reserve.

Machinery Operations

The purpose of this unit is for you to gain a working knowledge of the purpose and operation of machinery commonly used in the land and wildlife sector.

Conservation of British Habitats

The purpose of this unit for learners to understand the importance of the environment, its conservation and relevant legislation and strategies. 

Health and Safety

The purpose of this unit is for you to understand the principles and importance of health and safety within land-based settings. 

Work Experience

The aim of this unit is to provide you with knowledge of the industry structure and the types of organisations that operate within it.

Fish Health and Biology

The purpose of this unit is for you to develop a sound understanding of fish biology and health.

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