Providing an introduction to various aspects of fisheries management, this course makes use of both on-site and off-site facilities. You will develop a solid foundation of the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a successful career within this sector. Its highly practical content will further enhance your understanding of lake ecology, fish species and biology, habitat requirements and enhancements, angling skills, fishery management and working within the industry.
1 year, 4 or 5 days a week plus work experience.
- Environmental and land-based business
- Introduction to fish health
- Introduction to fish biology
- Introduction to aquatic ecology
- Introduction to game and coarse angling
- Undertake freshwater sport fishery management
- Work-related experience in the land-based sector
- Functional skills/GCSE – English and Mathematics
Students will be assessed throughout the course using written and oral tests, practical assignments and identification tests.
Minimum of 4 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.
Life experiences will also be taken into account when considering applications.
Successful students can progress to a Level 3 Diploma or straight into employment.
Additional Learning Opportunities:
Students may have the opportunity to undertake additional short qualifications as part of their course. These are designed to support future careers.
Additional Industry Experiences:
Students benefit from site visits to waterways throughout the South East and angling trips designed to further their skills in a variety of different environments.
Specialist Equipment Needed
In addition to standard college equipment, students will need fishing tackle, an Environment Agency rod license, steel toe-capped boots, chest waders and warm waterproof clothing.
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.
- Exclusive educational use of 20 waterbodies across the South East
- Dedicated science laboratories
- Brown trout river fishery
- Fully equipped hatchery
- Dedicated stock ponds
Local authorities and public sector organisations such as The Environment Agency, as well as commercial fisheries, water companies, wholesalers and angling clubs.
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.
Polo shirts and hoodies (with Hadlow College logo) can be purchased via the Fishery and fish farm manager.
Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.