City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate/Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management - Game

About the course

The College offers opportunity to study at level 3 (A level equivalent) for students who wish to develop a comprehensive understanding of Countryside Management encompassing practical techniques, academic knowledge and technical skills. It is a popular option for both school leavers and successful Level 2 Certificate students. The course incorporates a mix of practicals, classroom lectures, industry visits and case study exercises.

The Gamekeeping route includes the general practical countryside skills integral to the Habitat route but also involves students directly in the organisation and running of the Colleges own Game and wildfowl shoot on the extensive Myerscough Estate. It also includes Gundog training, rifle and shotgun shooting, and management of the Colleges own gamebird production facilities including the incubation and rearing of at least 1,000 birds annually. Deer and Fishery Management are integral to the course.

The course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to proceed to higher education or employment as habitat managers, gamekeepers, pest and predator controllers, game farmers, reserve wardens and deer managers.

Course modules

Year 1

Undertake and Review Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries


Land-based Industry Machinery Operations


Population Surveys, Ecology and Conservation


Countryside Recreation


Pest and Predator Control


Undertake Estate skills


Fresh Water and Wetland Management


Principles of Health and Safety


Farm Habitat Management


Aquatic Ecosystems


Year 2

Woodland Habitat Management


Use of Firearms in the Environmental and Land-based Sector


Deer Management


Shoot Management


Gamebird Production


Undertake a Specialist Project in the Land-based Sector


Fishery Management


Principles of Physical and Biological Environmental Processes


Ecology of Game Bird Species


Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements:

Minimum entry requirements are:

Advanced Technical Certificate (360) – Year 1

An English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of three others at C (4) or higher, including Maths or Science

Advanced Technical Diploma (540) – Year 1

An English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of four others at C (4) or higher, including Maths and Science

Advanced Extended Technical Diploma (720) – Year 2

An English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of three others at C (4) or higher, including Maths or Science

Advanced Extended Technical Diploma (1080) – Year 2

An English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of four others at C (4) or higher, including Maths and Science

Additional Entry Requirements:

Applicants are expected to show a strong commitment to the industry and ideally, have some practical work experience prior to starting the course.

Learning and assessment

Assessment of technical qualifications is a mixture of practical assessment of skills and written assignments marked internally by the teaching team, together with externally marked examinations that combine the knowledge of all mandatory units. The assessments and exams are spread throughout the course of the year.


Upon successful completion, you may have an opportunity to progress to a Foundation or Full Degree programme.

Myerscough is one of the UK’s largest land-based and sports colleges, offering degrees in more than 20 exciting subjects, working in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire. We are proud to be amongst the top UK institutions in the sector for student satisfaction - helped by exceptional resources and a unique countryside location. Our QAA Higher Education Review puts us amongst the top institutions in the country for quality learning opportunities and good practice teaching. We are very proud that 97% of Myerscough degree students progress to further study or employment.


Opportunities include countryside ranger, reserve warden, estate manager, gundog trainer, game farmer, gamekeeper, pest controller and deer manager.

Special requirements

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

Steel toe-capped boots or wellington boots – approx. £25

Protective overalls – approx. £25

Waterproof coat and leggings – approx. £50

Work experience

Students will gain work experience on the College estate and game production unit and will also be required to undertake an external work experience placement. This is a core element of the course and ensures that all learners are able to put their skills into practice within the workplace. Employers will complete an evaluation of each learner in the work placement to contribute to the assessment of that unit. Support is available to find a suitable placement and placements are checked prior to work experience commencing.

Countryside Studies

The management of land for the conservation of flora and fauna, general recreation, environmental education and urban regeneration requires a blend of skills. These include an understanding of ecological principles, a sound knowledge of management and the practical ability to carry out conservation techniques – from river catchment systems to rural and coastal habitats.

Many job opportunities exist within the conservation, gamekeeping and commercial sectors, and as part of your progamme you will have the opportunity to develop countryside craft skills such as hedgelaying and drystone walling, useful for a range of future careers.