If you would like a career that involves regularly being in the countryside and you have an interest in game and habitat management, then being a gamekeeper is the perfect career for you; there really is no better way to learn about gamekeeping than being out in the field, gaining hands-on training as an apprentice.
An apprenticeship will allow you to earn money while you are studying. In order to start your apprenticeship in gamekeeping you will need to join the Level 2 course and on successful completion you can then progress on to Level 3 and beyond.
Learn the practical skills needed for a career in gamekeeping and wildlife management. Set in over 700 acres of stunning countryside, the Duchy College Stoke Climsland campus is the ideal place to learn the practical skills you’ll need for further study or employment. The gamekeeping industry is constantly evolving and, as an apprentice, you will learn practical skills from your employer and the theory behind gamekeeping at college, giving you the best of both worlds and ensuring you are kept up-to-date with the latest advances in the industry.
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You already work in or would like to work in game and wildlife management.
GCSE English and maths at grade 3 or above, plus an employer willing to hire you as an apprentice.
How to assist in game shooting activities, control vertebrate pests and predators and enforce appropriate predator control. You’ll also learn about game populations and habitats, how to improve game and wildlife habitats and about management of public relations and gaining access to a sporting event.
To undertake further specialist pathways of your choice relating to: fisheries, deer, game birds, heather burning, use of chemical means of pest control or handling and care of animals. You’ll also work towards a Level 2 functional skills qualification in English and mathematics.
Earning money while gaining a nationally recognised qualification.
To improve your promotion prospects continue your apprenticeship with our Game & Wildlife Management Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3, or go straight into employment.
Careers in this industry
- Game farm manager
Peter Walters Programme Manager Gamekeeping & WildlifePeter has worked as a gamekeeper and estate manager most of his life and started working at Duchy College as an assessor. Peter was then offered the chance to set up the gamekeeping courses and has been with the College for eight years.
"Gamekeeping offers students the chance to learn outside the classroom and enjoy the countryside, while helping to manage game, wildlife and habitat. Our courses prepare students for a wide range of careers in this sector.”
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.