Providing a solid foundation in the theory and practical skills required within fisheries management, this course encourages students to engage in real-life working environments. You will become actively involved in the development and management of the College’s aquatic resources, together with commercially syndicated and association-owned off-site facilities. You will also participate in hatchery work to produce fish for the sport fishery industry and carry out lake restoration projects.
Extended Diploma - 2 years.
90 Credit Diploma - 1 year.
5 days a week, 34 weeks per year plus work experience.
Year 1 Extended Diploma and 90 Credit
- Understanding fish biology and behaviour
- Understanding water quality
- Undertake estate skills
- Understanding fish health and welfare
- Understanding aquatic ecosystems
- Understanding coarse game and sea angling techniques
- Understanding freshwater fish population survey and management
- Understanding fishery management
- Undertake and review work-related experience in the land-based industries
- Functional skills/GCSE – English and Mathematics
Year 2 Extended Diploma
- Understanding freshwater aquarium systems
- Understanding stillwater fishery creation and management
- Understanding river fishery creation and management
- Understanding water pollution control and management
- Understanding cyprinid fish farming
- Understanding aquaculture systems
- Business management in the land based sector
- Understanding principles of physical and biological environmental processes
- Undertake an investigative project in the land based sector
- Functional skills/GCSE - English and Maths
Students will be assessed throughout the course using written and oral tests, practical assignments and identification tests.
180 Credit Diploma
Minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A*- C / 9 - 4 or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma at Merit), which must include GCSEs in English AND maths A*- C / 9 – 4 Grade
90 Credit Diploma
Minimum of 4 GCSEs A*- C / 9 - 4 Grade or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma at Merit), which must include GCSE in English OR maths A*- C / 9 – 4 Grade
- Progression route: 180 Credit Diploma level 3
Life experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.
Successful students can progress into higher education or into employment.
90 Credit Diploma
Successful students can progress into the 2nd year of the Extended Diploma or 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 a variety of different facilities, including rivers, local waterbodies and water treatment works, all of which are relevant to the course.
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 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.
- 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.