Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma

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Gamekeeping and wildlife conservation have much in common as both require the sensitive management of the woodland and countryside habitat.

This course aims to provide you with the traditional practical skills required for the modern gamekeeper, who is also often responsible for estate management.

The course will provide a practical understanding of game, fish and deer management along with the underpinning knowledge required by countryside managers. Whilst on the course, students will carry out wide and varied practical tasks related to gamekeeping on the Plumpton College estate, supplemented by visits to various other estates within the local vicinity. During your course you will assist with running the college shoot.

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 workexperience@plumpton.ac.uk

Qualifications Gained

  • City & Guilds Avanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land & Wildlife (Gamekeeping)
  • Plumpton College Certificate
  • College award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and Maths
Entry Requirements:
  • You’ll need to have achieved 4 or more GCSEs between Grade 9-4 (previous grade structure A-C) including English, Maths and a Science
  • Successful completion of a related Level 2 qualification and GCSE maths or English at grade c/4 or above

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered 

Dates & Location:

September 2021


2 years full time

3 days per week


If you will be over 19 on the start date of your course you maybe required to pay tuition fees. Please contact enquiries@plumpton.ac.uk to confirm.

Future Opportunities

This course is aimed at those who are looking for a career in practical gamekeeping, fish management, deer management and estate management. On completion of the course students can progress on to the Foundation Degree in Countryside Management or obtain employment in the following:

  • As an under keeper
  • Countryside ranger
  • Game Farm assistant
  • Gundog training
  • Deer stalker
  • Shoot manager
  • Pest controller
  • Estate Assistant
  • Gun shop assistant


Indicative Programme Content

  • Work Experience
  • Health and Safety
  • Estate Skills
  • Land Based Machinery operations
  • Principles of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
  • Countryside Recreation
  • Deer management
  • Use of firearms
  • Gamebird production
  • Shooting sport in the UK
  • Freshwater and wetland management
  • Environmental processes
  • Shoot management
  • Working Dogs
  • Commercial Deer Stalking
  • Pest and predator control
  • Business Management
  • Specialist Project
  • Woodland Habitat Management

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