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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 Advanced Technical Certificate in Land and Wildlife Management (Fisheries) (360)

Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management (Fisheries) (1080)

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

  • 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 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.


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. 

Fishery 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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