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Fish Management Advanced (Level 3)

This study programme has been developed to focus on the education and training of people who want to be involved in the Fisheries industry, it will ensure that you develop the foundation skills and vocational knowledge needed for employment in land-based industries. The Extended Diploma in Fish Management is designed to provide a springboard for learners to progress on to a university degree, or to find work in the fisheries industry, which consists of such sectors as fish production, sport fishing, recreational fisheries management, and aquatic and ornamental fisheries management. The study programme also provides training for people who are interested in allied industries, such as equipment sales, fish nutrition and breeding, coaching and conservation.


Fishing has been a big hobby of mine since I was eight years old, but when it came to looking at career choices I wasn’t sure how to get into the industry. By coming to College I am now learning with tutors who are recognised in industry and can advise on the route I should be going down.

I’m not one for being inside so I mostly enjoy the fishery management work and nettings out on the lake here at College. The facilities are really good and definitely not something you find everywhere.

I’ve had work experience at an angling club lake in Milton Keynes and this year I am going to RK Leisure, which is a large complex of lakes. Small fishing lakes are generally run by volunteers, but because this is a much more commercial set up there are management opportunities available. This is what I would like to pursue as a career.

The tutors at College are so knowledgeable and will always try and adapt the study programme to your needs and find a good balance between the theory and practical. You are always treated as an adult here, which makes you want to turn up, work hard and succeed.

Glen - Fish Management Level 3

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 2 Years
  • 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4 ideally including English and maths 
  • Level 2 Diploma with Functional Skills

Course content

  • Subject units:
    During the first year of your study programme you will cover nine of the following units and then a further nine in your second year...
    • Investigative project in the Land-based Sector
    • Fish Biology and Behaviour
    • Understanding Water Quality
    • Business Management in the Land-based Sector
    • Principles of Land-based Machinery
    • Estate Skills
    • Fish Health and Welfare
    • Aquatic Plant Biology and Husbandry
    • Freshwater Aquarium Systems
    • Marine Aquarium Systems
    • Ornamental Pool Design
    • Installation and Management
    • Warm-water and Marine Aquaculture
    • Stillwater Fisheries Creation and Management
    • Aquatic Ecosystems
    • Coarse, Game and Sea Angling Techniques
    • Cyprinid Fish Farming
    • Freshwater and Wetland Management
    • Ornamental Fish and Aquatic Invertebrate Biology
    • Tree Felling and Chainsaw Use
    • Fishery Management
    • Freshwater Fish Population Survey and Management
    • Aquaculture Systems
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience: 
    During your first year you will be required to complete a work experience placement; you will have the opportunity to complete a block work experience in the second year.
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • A number of trips will be organised in the UK and abroad, and you will also have the opportunity to enter angling competitions. 
    • The College works closely with the local community and employers to give you the experience of the working environment.
    • You will also study to achieve the following additional qualifications:
      • Survey techniques
      • Pesticide application
      • Angling coaching

At the end of your first year you will have achieved the Level 3 BTEC 90-credit Diploma, or the BTEC 60-credit Subsidiary Diploma in Fish Management. At the end of your second year you will have achieved the Level 3 BTEC 180-credit Extended Diploma in Fish Management.

Assessment methods

You will be continually assessed as the study programme progresses using a variety of methods, including presentations, case studies, assignments and practical assessments.


Fish Management BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Plus... English and maths skills, Work experience, Personal development skills, Study skills, Employability skills

You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.

Further study and career options

Upon completion of this study programme you could progress on to a university degree in a related subject, or find employment in the fisheries industry, as well as other land-based industries.

Additional information

If commuting to Shuttleworth College will be difficult for you, then you can choose to live in our halls of residence on campus. Priority is given to those who live the furthest distance from the College so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our accommodation page for more information -

During the course you will have the opportunity to achieve additional professional qualifications. Please be aware that there may be an additional awarding body cost for these qualifications. In order to partake in the course you will be required to wear clothing suitable for working outdoors, including steel-toe capped boots and protective overalls for all practical sessions.

To take part in the course you will be required to pay a fee of approximately £45 for clothing/uniform, and £660 for trips/visits; you can apply for support towards these costs at the beginning of the course.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 14/09/2020 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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Shuttleworth College B377

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