Hartpury College

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Countryside Management (Game)

Group of beaters on the shoot

Course Overview

This course will provide you with sound academic knowledge and understanding of countryside management and game keeping through both theory and practical sessions.

The wide range of teaching facilities on campus includes a £3.1 million agricultural learning centre and a working commercial shoot. There are pheasants and partridge reared and released for the Home Farm shoot, which you will assist with. Our fishing lake on campus is also used as part of the teaching resources.

Some of the subjects you will study include vertebrate pest and predator control, estate skills, deer management, principles of wildlife populations, ecology and conservation, woodland habitat management and an investigative project in the land-based sector.

This course is a mix of written and practical assessments.  The practical resources of Home Farm will be utilised during the teaching and where possible real commercial activities will be undertaken.

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. You can read our students’ stories here

Entry Requirements


Successful completion of BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Countryside Management at merit or distinction level.

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In Brief


1 Year

Tuition fees

Students under 19 on 31 August 2016 are free (full time courses only). Examination fees for main qualifications are also free.

Students aged 19 to 23 may need to pay tuition fees.  We may be able to waive your fees if you are unemployed and receiving Jobseekers Allowance, studying your first full level 2 qualification or level 3 qualification.

Students aged 24 and over.  You may need to pay for your course.

Educational visits charge: An annual £65 fee is payable for all students and covers the cost of outside visits, special speakers and a contribution to the cost of administration.

When should I apply

We welcome applications for September 2016 entry from October 2015 onwards. You do not have to wait for your GCSE results.

How to apply

Please download the application form. Please note: you can complete this form on your computer and then print it to send back to us - you are unable to save. We will then contact you to arrange an interview.

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