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Askham Bryan College

Land and Wildlife (Gamekeeping) - Level 2

Askham Bryan College

Askham Bryan, York, YO23 3FR

Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Level 2
Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care

Course Summary

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.

Course Details

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 .

How will it be delivered?

Courses are a mixture of theory and practical work.

Assessment: To gain this qualification, candidates must successfully achieve the following assessments: One externally set, externally marked exam, sat under invigilated examination conditions, one externally set, internally marked health & safety assignment, two externally set, internally marked, externally moderated assignments. Employer involvement in the delivery and/or assessment of this qualification is essential for all candidates and will be externally quality assured.

Entry requirements

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.

Equipment required

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.

Your next steps...

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.

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