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Level 2 Technical Qualification in Fisheries

This course is designed to give students the practical
and theoretical knowledge required for employment
in the aquaculture or fisheries management sector.
The course will also develop a range of employability
skills that employers in the industry require. The
course has a mixture of practical and theory and
is delivered making use of the excellent fisheries
facilities including Grove farm fishery and fish farm,
the river Bourne, Bourne hatchery and aquarium
facility enhancing the student experience and allowing
them to work with current industry technology and
techniques. The course is aimed at those who want
to gain employment in the fisheries industry, aquatics
industry and aquaculture industry with a view to
progressing to middle management or those that wish
to progress onto a higher qualification in aquaculture
and fisheries.
Students are able to access a range of additional
learning support, based on need. A range of
employability skills will be developed whilst on the
course including practical skills, communication,
fisheries specific knowledge and development of ICT
skills. The course is well supported through the use
of virtual learning resources. Students will also get the
opportunity to carry out a work placement at external
businesses such as fisheries, fish farms and aquarium
retail outlets.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

1 year, full-time


Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

On this one year course students will study a range
of units to develop their fisheries and aquatic

The following are examples of some of the topics
students can expect to study within the course:

• Work experience
• Environmental and land-based business
• Fish health
• Fish biology
• Aquatic ecology
• Angling
• Fishery management
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

You will need a minimum of four GCSEs C-D / 4-3
Grade or equivalent (Level 1 Diploma), which must
include GCSE in English OR maths A-D / 9-3 Grade
or equivalent.

Steal toe capped boots, waders, wellington boots,
appropriate outdoor all weather clothing, fishing
tackle and an Environment Agency rod licence.

Assessment is through a range of styles including
practical assessments, photographic and video
evidence logs, workbooks and written assignments.

On completion of this qualification, you will have the
knowledge and skills to enter the Fisheries industry.
This qualification will allow you to progress into a
Apprenticeship or a higher level qualification in
Further Education.

I have always been a practical person. I like going fishing and have worked outside doing practical jobs on my Dad’s farm. After finishing my GCSEs at Hugh Christie Technology College (which included a work placement where I saw the practical side of fisheries management) I enrolled at Hadlow because I thought it’d help me combine my hobby with an outdoor job. The lectures here are really fun and totally different to school. We do a number of practical lessons at Grove Farm fishery, as well as other facilities around the county and these have given me a broad knowledge of fisheries and the environment. It’s nice to be able to leave the classroom occasionally and learn outside. The work experience element of the qualification is also really important and I am glad I made the choice I did.

Ed Clark


  • Exclusive educational use of 20 waterbodies across the South East
  • Dedicated science laboratories
  • Brown trout river fishery
  • Fully equipped hatchery
  • Dedicated stock ponds

Typical Employers

Local authorities and public sector organisations such as The Environment Agency, as well as commercial fisheries, water companies, wholesalers and angling clubs.

Industry Links

Students benefit from close links with a range of organisations including: Thames 21, Shorne Wood Country Park, the Environment Agency, the Trust for Urban Ecology, Mid Kent Fisheries as well as numerous local angling societies.


Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

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