Gamekeeping with Wildlife Management HNC

What is special about this course?

If you are looking for a career as a gamekeeper or in conservation management, this HNC in Gamekeeping with Wildlife Management will give you the practical, hands-on training you require.

You will study at North Highland College UHI in Thurso, with access to a wealth of large estates at which to gain first-hand experience of deer management, conservation and public relations.

Special features

  • You will undertake a work placement on a local sporting estate, with accommodation included
  • This is a very practical course that will give you all the skills required by employers
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances

Entry requirements

  • NC Highland Gamekeeping
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply, consideration will be given to relevant life and work experience

Access routes

NC Highland Gamekeeping

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Gamekeeping: Sporting Habitat Planning
  • Gamekeeping: Managing Game Sporting Activities
  • Gamekeeping: Public Relations for Wildlife Management and Field Sports
  • Gamekeeping: Deer Biology
  • Gamekeeping: Workplace Practice
  • Gamekeeping with Wildlife Management: Graded Unit 1

Optional units may include:

  • Gamekeeping: Deer Management
  • Gamekeeping: Red Grouse Management
  • Gamekeeping: Gundog Management

How will I study my course?

  • Full time
  • Part time (unstructured)

You will study by way of traditional classroom-based lectures and tutorials at North Highland College UHI, and you will also undertake a work placement with a local sporting estate

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 1 year
  • Part time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date


How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year
Part-time (per HN credit) £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN credit) £434

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN credit)** £434

 **There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact North Highland College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Employment in a wide variety of estates and conservation bodies throughout Britain.

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

What our students are saying

I have just completed the HNC Game-Keeping and Wildlife Management at North Highland College, which has helped me to secure a job in this sector.

I did the NC Game-Keeping and was fortunate enough to win Lantra Learner of the Year in Game-Keeping and Wildlife Management and was also awarded North Highland College Student of the Year for NC studies.

I was attracted to the courses at North Highland College as the game-keeping courses in Manchester were all college-based. I feel that a placement based course is more valuable as you are working from the field and get the opportunity to put the theory learned into practice.

Watch John telling his story about studying at North Highland College UHI.

John Weir, HNC Game-Keeping and Wildlife Management, North Highland College UHI

Apply for Gamekeeping with Wildlife Management HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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