Fisheries & Aquatic Science

Discover Our Fisheries And Aquatic Science Courses

Our City & Guilds courses are designed to develop you as an individual, and offer a spring board for progression into this National and International sector of employment or, by using the UCAS points scheme you may qualify for higher education at university.

Plumpton College has excellent facilities within its large estate located within the South Downs National Park. You can look forward to a healthy balance of practical and theoretical experience during your sessions. Our facilities include an aquaculture production business (fish farm) and coarse fishery. You'll also benefit from trips and visits where you'll learn surveying and capture techniques including seine netting and electrofishing.

Career Opportunities Available

Within this diverse industry sector there are a wealth of different career opportunities including:

  • Aquaculture 
  • Fisheries Management
  • Freshwater and Marine Ecology 
  • Environment Protection 
  • Monitoring and Surveying both Marine and Freshwater

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"He had offers from other colleges, but after speaking with you at his online interview he quickly made up his mind that Plumpton was where he wanted to study. With him moving so far from home, especially at this time, it’s been very reassuring to have that direct contact, and to know that there is someone who we can get in touch with if we have any questions or concerns."

Parent of student joining in September 2020

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Within our large estate at Plumpton College, 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 fisheries and aquatic sciences facilities

You will have use of the departments' one-acre lake on-site which is stocked with coarse fish. It’s a student focused practical facility that students will be able to use throughout their course.

Plus more specialist fishery facilities

We have a purpose built educational fish farm facility (aquaculture production business) where students can develop their industry skills and conduct practicals, aswell as research the specialist projects such as feed trials and fish breeding.

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

We use the college estate to conduct surveys and practicals on both chalk streams and still water habitats. Small student projects are also encouraged and supported, including enhancement projects such as the improvement of trout spawning habitats.

Making the most of our industry connections at Plumpton College

Students will have the chance to experience activities and tasks further cementing their skills and development, and can look forward to a healthy balance of practical and theoretical experience during their sessions on our college fish farm facilities and college coarse fishery. They will also benefit from trips and visits during which they'll learn surveying and capture techniques, including seine netting and electrofishing.

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