Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Land and Wildlife Management (Gamekeeping)
About this course

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.

Because of 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.

The Game and Wildlife framework at both Level 2 and 3 reflect the job roles within the industries and allow apprentices to take units in Upland/Grouse, Lowland, Deer or Game Rearing depending on the type of business/environment they are working in.

Job roles at Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeship) may include: single handed gamekeeper, head keeper, game farm manager or stalker.

What will I learn?

During an apprenticeship the skills and knowledge needed will be developed to secure a successful career as a gamekeeper.

Various topics will be studied including monitoring and managing game populations and habitats, controlling pests and predators by shooting as well as how to implement game shooting programmes. Tasks undertaken by apprentices will vary depending on the level and sector in which they are employed.

What is included in the framework?

• Competence - Level 3 Diploma in Game Keeping 
• Knowledge - Level 3 Diploma in Game Keeping 
• Skills Element - Level 2 Functional Skills English 
• Skills Element - Level 2 Functional Skills Maths 
• Skills Element - Level 2 Functional Skills ICT 
• Employment Rights and Responsibilities 
• Personal Learning Thinking Skills

Entry requirements

Minimum requirement is Level 1 or GCSE grade D in Maths and English. All applicants will be required to complete initial assessments in Maths and English. Depending on the framework applied for, you may also need to complete the ICT initial assessment.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Method of Delivery

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.

Evidence of GCSE Grade C+ having been achieved may mean that you will not be required to complete the Functional Skills elements and in which case your training may be entirely work based.

A mixture of on and off the job training provides a variety of learning opportunities across the whole programme.

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.


12 - 18 months

What could I do next?

Upon completion you should be fully prepared for a career within the gamekeeping or wildlife management industry, perhaps working in or towards a management position.

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.