Level 3 Land & Wildlife Management (Gamekeeping)
About this course

Our estate spans over 1600 acres and is home to a range of typical lowland environments, from river frontage and wetlands to ancient woodland, farmland and a dedicated deer park with a herd of fallow deer. Lackham is also home to its own commercial shoot, which runs throughout the shooting season. Gamekeeping students are actively involved in the management of the shoot and are able to run the shoot days during their studies.

If you’re interested in running a shoot, working with deer, managing a river fishery, caring for pheasants, ducks and partridges, using a chainsaw or handling firearms then Level 3 Land and Wildlife Management (Game) is the course for you!
This course is fully integrated with the management of the Lackham Shoot. The shoot is located on the Lackham farm and estate which provides the range of habitats typical of a lowland estate. You will be expected to participate fully in the running of the shoot days as well as playing a full part in all aspects of the shoot management over the two years of the programme. 
In addition, the College has links with a number of local employers and worksites that can provide opportunities to further experience the diverse and exciting range of game and wildlife management work.
One of the requirements of the course is that you must successfully complete a period of assessed work experience between the two years of the programme.
What will I learn?
You will learn about:

  • An Investigative Project in the Land Based Sector¬†
  • Estate Skills
  • Work Related Experience¬†
  • Wildlife Populations
  • Chainsaw Use and Tree Felling
  • Deer Management
  • Deer Survey
  • Land Based Machinery Operations
  • Fishery Management
  • Game Bird Production
  • Pest and Predator Control
  • Game Ecology
  • Deer Stalking
  • Captive Deer Herd Management
  • Shoot Management
  • River fisheries
  • Working Dogs
  • Firearms Use
Units covered are subject to change in line with developments in the industry.
Entry requirements
4 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Maths and preferably Science or equivalent (or
Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2)
A good reference
A satisfactory interview
Study, assessment and qualifications
This is a two year course. In the first year of the programme, you will be required to complete a 50 day work placement with an employer in an industry related to your course of study. This is a compulsory part of your programme and you will be expected to complete your work placement on non-college days.
The course provides opportunities for you to study during your time-tabled week; however, to support your learning experience and to achieve higher grades, you will be expected to work in your own time.
You will be assessed through written and practical assignments and industry based assessments.
The final qualification will be a City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management (Game)(1080).


You will be provided with additional information and guidance at interview, enrolment and during induction. The College will assist you in finding suitable placement opportunities in the industry and will support you throughout.

Additional costs and information
You will need to supply your own protective clothing such as waterproof coat, overalls, leggings, safety wellingtons/work boots and gloves.

Structured visits and field trips are an important feature of this course. You will need to pay a contribution towards the costs of travel and ticket entry.
What could I do next?
Successful completion of this course offers you the opportunity to progress onto the FdSc in Environmental Science and Sustainability Wiltshire College and University Centre or an Honours Degree in a related subject.
This course can open doors into a range of related employment, particularly:
  • Fisheries officer or river operative
  • Gamekeeper
  • Estate worker or manager
  • Deer stalker
  • Pest control
It may also lead to careers within the wider countryside sector.