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Level 3 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 in a
middle management role or those that wish to progress
onto a higher education qualification in aquaculture
and fisheries or another science based degree.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

1-2 years, full-time


Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

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

Year 1
• Work experience
• Water quality
• Estate skills
• Fish biology
• Fishery management
• Angling
• Aquatic ecology
• Fish health
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

Year 2
• Aquarium systems
• Stillwater fishery creation and management
• River fishery creation and management
• Water pollution control and management
• Carp farming
• Aquaculture systems
• Freshwater and wetland management
• Environmental processes
• Investigative project
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs grades A*-C / 9-4
or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma), which must include GCSEs
in English AND maths A*-C / 9-4 Grade.
For those students who achieve four GCSEs A*-C/9-4,
there is the option of a 90 credit Diploma. Achievement
of this at Merit or Distinction will allow progression onto
the second year.

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.
Duties will also be carried out maintaining the college
fisheries facilities where students will develop their
knowledge alongside their practical skills.

Completion of this qualification will allow you
to progress into a Apprenticeship or a higher
qualification including FdSc/ BSc (Hons) Aquaculture
and Fisheries Management at Hadlow College.

I knew that I wanted to do something different once I’d finished my GCSEs – I didn’t necessarily want to be sat in a classroom all day studying subjects that I had no real interest in – so, when I saw this qualification and realised that I could potentially turn my hobby into a worthwhile career, I jumped at the chance. As soon as I came to the College for my interview I felt comfortable and knew that it was the right place for me. I was impressed with the facilities and the knowledge that the tutors had, as well as the other aspects to the College such as the enrichment programme. These are really good to get involved with. The one element that stands out for me are the practical lessons. It’s great that we’re not always inside the classroom but instead outside involved with practical hatchery work or taking part in fish surveys. Through these, as well as the study tour, you really learn about the industry and see how it works.

Harry Tugwell


  • 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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