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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.

These are a suite of level 3 qualifications which can be studied in a variety of combinations to allow flexibility and to help you to develop your practical fishery management skills.

Level 3 Certificate: you choose 3 subjects to study
Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma: you complete 6 subjects to study
Level 3 Extended Diploma: you complete 18 subjects to study

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.

Extensive work placement activities will involve working with industry groups such as the Wild Trout Trust and Environment Agency.


Andy McCall

Qualifications Gained

  • BTEC Level 3 (outlined above) in Fishery Management
  • 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 2018


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.


Within our large estate at Plumpton, you’ll have the opportunity for lots of hands-on experience at our extensive fishery management facilities to help you develop your skills. We make sure that all of our sites are fully-equipped with the most up to date equipment.

  • Come and discover our new fishery management facilities

We’ve got a new one-acre lake on-site. Stocked with coarse fish, it’s a brand new practical facility you’ll be able to use throughout your course.

  • Plus more specialist fishery facilities in development

We’re in the process of developing two stock ponds that will manage our new recirculating fish farm.

  • We’ve also got a chalk stream that you’ll be able to use

As part of our facilities, you’ll also be able to use our stretch of chalk stream that we manage, home to spawning trout.

  • Make the most of our connections at Plumpton

We work closely with lots of fish farmers and fisheries across East Sussex; giving you the chance to experience activities such as electrofishing and habitat management.

Future Opportunities

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

  • Environment Agency
  • Fishery manager/bailiff
  • Working on a fish farm
  • Fishing tackle industry (shop owner)
  • Building/designing ornamental fish ponds
  • Degree courses in Fish Biology, Fishery Management, Fish Husbandry

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


Year 1

  • Industrial experience
  • Estate skills
  • Fishery Management
  • Fish health and welfare
  • Stillwater fishery creation
  • Business management
  • Cyprinid fish farming
  • Aquaculture systems
  • Freshwater fish population surveys and management

Year 2

  • Fish biology and behaviour
  • Water quality
  • Water pollution control and management
  • River fishery creation
  • Investigative project
  • Retail merchandising
  • Coarse game and sea angling techniques
  • Understanding aquatic ecosystems
  • Aquatic management
  • English & Maths

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