Cormac Thompson

Qualification & subject:
Diplomas Level 3 Diploma Countryside Management (Gamekeeping)
Runs Commercial Game Shoot

What I do

Having completed my studies, I am now in charge of running the College Shoot at Hartpury. The commercial shoot runs regularly throughout the season, generally from September to February, and I am also involved in the rearing and management of all our game bird species. This has been my dream since a young age as my grandfather was a keeper and my father used to take me shooting.

How Hartpury helped me

Aside from the outstanding facilities at Hartpury, the opportunity to gain practical shoot experience by acting as a beater on shoots was a big draw. It enhanced my industry experience while I was still completing my Level 3 Extended Diploma in Countryside Game Management, and helped me gain the confidence and practical skills to step up to my current role. The outstanding support I received whilst studying at Hartpury stood me in excellent stead and I went on to win the prestigious National Gamekeepers’ Organisation award for the student of the year.