This course aims to meet the needs of students who want to develop a career in game and deer management, pest control or other similar aspects of the industry. The programme uses many outdoor working areas for students to take part in practical game-keeping, estate skills and conservation management. Students spend 300 hours on work placement.
A range of pathways are available, dependent on your qualifications.
- One-year Extended Certificate
- One-year Foundation Diploma
- Two-year Diploma
- Two-year Extended Diploma.
- Principles of wildlife populations, ecology and conservation
- Estate skills
- Deer management
- Pest and predator control
- Shoot management
- Stalking and shooting deer
- Work experience and employability skills
- English and Maths, as required.
One or two years, depending on study route.
Students can progress to degree courses at the College in Ecology and Environmental Management, as well as Wildlife and Conservation Management.
Work in game-keeping, deer management, as a game farmer, in pest control and many more.
Four GCSEs at grade C or 4 or equivalent, preferably including English and Maths, or a relevant BTEC Level 2 / First Diploma.
BTEC Level 3 in Countryside Management
Richie spent three years working in manual labour before deciding to return to education to improve his prospects. He is a volunteer with Natural England and his interests include bird watching, sports and keeping fit.
Q: What do you like about Bishop Burton College?
A: I really like the location. It is close to major cities and historic market towns, yet on the doorstep of some outstanding landscapes, like the Yorkshire Wolds, North Yorkshire Moors and North Sea coastline. I also love the fantastic library and range of resources. It is a great environment to study in.
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: The many fascinating modules on the course, including those which I did not think I would be as interested in at the start. I love learning new knowledge about the countryside each day.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: I want to work in the outdoors in a role that is linked to travelling, the environment and conservation.