Level 2 Countryside and Environment (Gamekeeping)
This course provides an introduction for those who would like to work towards a career in gamekeeping, with specialisms gamekeeping (at York and Newton Rigg), deer stalking (Newton Rigg only) and forestry (Newton Rigg only). Anyone choosing these careers needs to be aware that they are working in an ever-changing countryside which requires a modern approach. Course units provide a modern up-to-date programme that will enable students to make the first steps within the game and wildlife sector with confidence, knowing that their course is industry recognised. Undertaking this subject means students will leave with the correct training and skills to find work in their chosen field.
Management of the countryside in a sustainable and integrated way has never been more important than it is today. Many of the valuable traditional skills remain, but future managers of habitats and wildlife will need the knowledge and skills of new technologies plus understanding of the latest research/developments for a modern approach to fully grasp the complexities of modern gamekeeping.
Newton Rigg College's extensive resources, industry contacts and access to locations in the Lake District, the North Pennines, North Yorkshire and Scotland, ensure students receive high quality learning and experiences. Alongside forestry, game and wildlife management, students will learn about subjects that could include game management and shoot organisation, habitat creation and management, pest and predator control, game/deer management and estate skills. Students will also have many opportunities to work on their practical skills on our farm shoot, grouse moor, deer management study site, plus local shoots and habitats.
Students learn will engage with topics such as game management and shooting estate management, habitat creation and management, pest and predator control, deer management and estate skills. Students will also have many opportunities to work on their practical skills on our farm, on nearby grouse moors and alongside deer managers in addition to field trips to local shoots and wildlife reserves .
At both Colleges the course will include an industry-based work placement in the form of block or day work placements. A range of additional qualifications are available, such as game meat hygiene, ATV training, health and safety and the safe use of firearms, but charges may apply.
Usually at least 4 GCSEs at grade E or above including Maths and English (new GCSE grading level 3) with Science desirable. Alternatively a suitable Level 1 vocational qualification with English and Maths at Level 1.
Students completing the Level 2 to a Merit + standard would be considered for enrolment onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Countryside Management or to an Advanced Apprenticeship in Gamekeeping.