The Course

As an apprentice, you will work alongside experienced staff. You will participate in habitat management, pest and predator control and animal husbandry. You will earn a wage and be released to study during your working week.

Your role will involve assisting on shoot days, undertake routine estate maintenance. You may have to work under some challenging conditions and outdoors. You may have to work irregular hours. You will be expected to show a strong work ethic and positive attitude. An enthusiasm for conservation benefits of game shooting is essential as well as a respect for wildlife and animals. You will work as part of a team and independently.


  • What You May Study

    • Legislation and licensing requirements, rifle and shotgun use
    • Ecological requirements of game species and habitat
    • Land management and public access
    • Rearing game and animal welfare
    • Gamebird diseases and treatment
    • Care of gundogs including fitness, routine care and handling
    • Control of pest and predators
    • Running of a shoot day
    • Pre-use safety checks and use of machinery and equipment
    • Maintenance of machinery and equipment.
  • Entry Requirements

    Appropriate employment within the game and wildlife sector

    It is preferable candidates have a minimum GCSE grade D/3 in English and maths.

  • Progression

    You may progress to a higher-level course at the college or you may be offered a higher-level role e.g. assistant head gamekeeper.

  • Careers

    Typical careers include Underkeeper, gamekeeper, beatkeeper, wildlife manager.

  • How To Apply

    Application is through our online application form or by the Common Application Process (CAP).

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