Land and Wildlife Level 2 - Gamekeeping -

Land and Wildlife Level 2 – Gamekeeping

Course Details

  • Department

    Land and Wildlife
  • Qualification

    Level 2
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    1 Year
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

Get an introduction to gamekeeping with this industry-recognised course, which paves the way for employment in the sector or further study. You’ll learn the foundation skills needed for a game and wildlife career, including modern approaches to ever-changing countryside management.

Entry Requirements


at grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) or above to include two from English, maths and Science, with at least a grade 2 (old GCSE grade E) in the remaining subject.


Cost for students aged Under 19


for students over the age of 19 please contact us


Key Information

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.




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 .

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.

4 GCSEs at grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) or above to include two from English, maths and Science, with at least a grade 2 (old GCSE grade E) in the remaining subject.

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 Land and Wildlife (Countryside and Gamekeeping) or to an Advanced Apprenticeship in Gamekeeping.

Example of possible future career roles include:


River keeper

Game stalker

Conservation warden

National Park warden

Game warden

Progression and Development Sessions

All students enrolled on a Level 2 or Level 3 course will be required to attend Progression and Development sessions every week. These sessions will cover a wide range of topics from careers and employability, British Values and equality and diversity to essential life skills such as mental health and wellbeing, drugs and alcohol and personal safety.

There is a requirement to complete 150 hours of work placement (work experience) with an industry-related organisation. More details can be provided at the interview.



Our Employability Team is available to help you get started. Students often look for a placements with organisations such as local shooting estates , game farms , conservation organisations National Parks , wildlife charities – RSPB etc

There is a £75.00 consumables cost; students must pay for their own PPE, but we provide specialist equipment.


Students also pay for cartridges for shooting events.

  • York Campus

    York is one of the College's two residential campuses and is located just four miles from York city centre. At York we offer a full range of subject areas and levels including Apprenticeships, Level 1-3 Diplomas, Foundation, Top Up and BSc Honours Degrees.

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