Level 3 Technical Qualification in Fisheries


Hadlow Campus

Start Date



This course is designed to give students the practical and theoretical knowledge required for employment in the aquaculture or fisheries management sector in a middle management role or those that wish to progress onto a higher education qualification in aquaculture and fisheries or another science based degree.

The following are examples of some of the topics students can expect to study within the course:

Year 1

• Work experience
• Water quality
• Estate skills
• Fish biology
• Fishery management
• Angling
• Aquatic ecology
• Fish health
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

Year 2

• Aquarium systems
• Stillwater fishery creation and management
• River fishery creation and management
• Water pollution control and management
• Carp farming
• Aquaculture systems
• Freshwater and wetland management
• Environmental processes
• Investigative project
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

Assessment is through a range of styles including practical assessments, photographic and video evidence logs, workbooks and written assignments.

Duties will also be carried out maintaining the College fisheries facilities where students will develop their knowledge alongside their practical skills.

Completion of this qualification will allow you to progress into an Apprenticeship or a higher qualification including FdSc/ BSc (Hons) Aquaculture and Fisheries Management at Hadlow College. Typical employers include local authorities and public sector organisations such as The Environment Agency, as well as commercial fisheries, water companies, wholesalers and angling clubs.

Steel toe capped boots, waders, wellington boots, appropriate outdoor all weather clothing, fishing tackle and an Environment Agency rod license.
Advanced Learner Loan

    Hadlow Campus

  • 2 Years

    Full time

  • free for 16-18 year olds

  • 19+ FEES


  • Awarding body

    Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs grades A*-C / 9-4 or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma), which must include GCSEs in English AND maths A*-C / 9-4 Grade.

For those students who achieve four GCSEs A*-C/9-4, there is the option of a one year Diploma. Achievement of this at Merit or Distinction will allow progression onto the second year.