Creating and maintaining good, healthy habitats which are beneficial to all wildlife is at the heart of a gamekeeper’s job. Gamekeeping has changed significantly over the years and while you will still be responsible for the husbandry of both reared and wild game for shooting, your time will also be spent helping to shape the countryside and protecting its species.
We offer three options for you to gain a career in the gamekeeping industry depending on your GCSE results. Our Level 3 course offers you the choice of university study or employment on successful completion of your course. Our Level 2 and Level 1 courses are ideal should your GCSEs not be what you expected, with the option to progress to Level 2 or Level 3.
Learn the skills needed for a career in gamekeeping and wildlife management, in an environment that brings the classroom theory to life. Our Duchy College Stoke Climsland campus offers plenty of opportunities for hands-on practical experience and is set in over 700 acres. We also have strong links with the game conservancy, BASC, National Gamekeeping Organisation, Countryside Alliance, National Trust, RSPCA and the RSPB. We regularly work with Local shoots, Cornwall and Devon Wildlife Trust and Duchy Woodlands.
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You want to explore game and wildlife management and associated industries such as forestry, fisheries, estates and river management.
Four GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English and maths.
Knowledge and skills in rearing game birds, the control of pests and vermin, managing and assessing health and welfare of game. You will also undertake game, fishery and wildlife habitat management on the College estate and gain a variety of experience and skills including practical work on local sites, shooting estates and woodlands.
To have the opportunity to gain competence certificates and undertake a work placement. Assessment includes both coursework and exams.
Our strong links with Game Conservancy, BASC, National Gamekeeping Organisation, Countryside Alliance, The National Trust, Cornwall and Devon Wildlife Trust, Duchy Woodlands, RSPCA and the RSPB.
Continue your studies with our Land & Wildlife Management Level 3 or our Gamekeeping & Wildlife Management Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3, or go into
Careers in this industry
- Game farming
- Pest control
- Estate maintenance
- Estate manager
We are the only College in the West Country delivering Gamekeeping
Conor Raffe Gamekeeping & Wildlife Management Diploma Level 3
Conor is currently studying the Land & Wildlife Management Diploma Level 3 and had heard great things about the course, so decided to enrol with a view to becoming a gamekeeper in the future.
“Duchy College is an excellent place to learn about gamekeeping and
the best part about the course is being able to run our own shoots. We
get involved in every aspect of the day from looking after the birds in
the pens and costings of the event to learning how to promote and
organise the event as a whole. It’s really satisfying when the event goes
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.