Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Game and Wildlife Management (Lowland)
About this course

If you enjoy practical, outdoor work with a focus on the countryside, an apprenticeship and career in gamekeeping could be for you.The game and wildlife industry involves the management of upland, lowland, woodland and wetland game and wildlife species, including partridge, grouse, pheasant and deer.

One of the primary purposes of the game and wildlife industry is to protect habitats and promote biodiversity. The industry also supports tourism and recreation and can provide a source of high quality meat.

Due to the nature of the game and wildlife businesses, work-based learning through apprenticeships is a good way for those entering the sector to learn the necessary skills and knowledge required by the industry.

As a gamekeeper your role would involve maintaining the estate as well as ensuring that there is enough game for clients to shoot, such as deer, pheasant, partridges or grouse.  Other tasks could include breeding game for the estate, controlling predators such as foxes and rats, arranging shoots, training and working with gun dogs and arranging the sale of game after shoots.

As well as being very practical, a career in gamekeeping will also include elements of administration, completing shoot related paperwork and legal documents, keeping records of what is shot or caught and hiring or supervising staff such as beaters.

Job roles at Level 2 (Intermediate Apprenticeship) may include:

  • Under-keeper/beat keeper
  • Assistant game and farm worker
  • Under stalker/ghillie
  • Assistant ranger or gun dog handler
What will I learn?

During an apprenticeship you will learn to develop the skills and knowledge needed to a successful career as a gamekeeper.

You will study various topics including:

  • Monitoring and managing game populations and habitats
  • Controlling pests and predators by shooting
  • How to implement game shooting programmes
Entry requirements

Minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 or GCSE grade E in Maths and English.

All applicants will be required to complete initial assessments in Maths, English and ICT.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Intermediate apprenticeships in Gamekeeping can take between 12 and 18 months to complete. This programme can be delivered entirely in the work place with regular assessor visits.

The Competence and Knowledge Elements will be assessed in the workplace using evidence to build a portfolio.  There will be access to college learning resources and support..

Functional Skills will generally be delivered at our Wiltshire College Lackham campus, if required.

Evidence of GCSE Grade C and above in Maths and English may mean that you will not be required to complete the Functional Skills elements, in which case your training may be entirely work based.

Additional costs and information

To assist you during your apprenticeship, you may be required to purchase some equipment and resources to support you during your course.

What could I do next?

On completion of the Level 2 Intermediate apprenticeship you may want to consdier progressing to do a Level 3 Advanced qualification in Game & Wildlife Management.

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Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.