Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Cannington Centre

Who is the course for?

This course is ideal if you wish to turn your passion for aquariums, aquatics, wildlife and conservation into a viable career. The Level 3 provides you with the relevant knowledge and skills for a career within the aquatic industries or progress on to university to study subject areas such aquaculture, fisheries management and marine science.

What does the course involve?

Modules may include:

  • Health and safety
  • Work experience
  • Land-based machinery
  • Estate skills
  • Specialist project
  • Ecology
  • Freshwater and wetland management
  • Water quality
  • Fish biology
  • Fish health
  • Aquatics ecosystems

What makes this course special?

We encourage our students to develop their programme, ensuring that they have a unique experience with countless opportunities to get involved in outside of the classroom.

These include:

  • The development of practical and employability skills within our on-site accredited and licensed Aquaculture Centre and Aquaponics facilities
  • Strong contact with the industry through our lecturing staff offering unique opportunities for work experience placements which often lead to future employment prospects
  • Contact with industry experts through visits and guest lectures; including BIAZA registered research aquariums, governing bodies such as CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science), IFM (Institute of Fisheries Management) and the Environment Agency
  • Staff are well qualified as teachers with a wealth of sector experience delivering the most up-to-date industry practice

Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the A* to C or 9 to 4 range including Maths, English and Science, or an appropriate Level 2 qualification at Distinction grade, such as the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Fisheries. Entry will also be subject to a successful interview.

What are the assessment methods?

You will undertake work experience across both years and will be continuously assessment through seminars and presentations, online tests, examinations, written assignments, practical observations.

How long is the course?

Depending on the size of the qualification undertaken and its credit value this course programmes can take one or two years.

Please note this is a two year course and there will be additional fees in the second year.

What are the progression options?

A committed candidate may find employment within the related industries of Public and private aquariums, Water companies, Local Government, Self-employment opportunities, Charities and Trusts, Research Institutes and related Organisations.

Alternatively you could progress onto relevant higher education programmes to pursue management level positions within aquaculture, government organisations and public aquariums.

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