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.
1 year, full-time
On this one year course students will study a range of units to develop their fisheries and aquatic knowledge.
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
- 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.
SPECIALIST EQUIPMENT NEEDED
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.
- 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: the Environment Agency, Angling Direct, Coppens, London councils, Cottington Lakes, Manor Fisheries, Coombe Bank Fishery.
Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.