Gamekeeping Modern Apprenticeship SVQ2

What is special about this course?

This course is majority work based on an estate with approximately four weeks spent at College, allowing students to gain work experience as well as gaining a recognised qualification. Your lecturer/assessor will make regular review visits to your estate to monitor your training progress.  Assessment and theory study will take place both at your estate and at our Rural Studies Centre.  


Entry requirements

  • A reasonably high standard of physical fitness.
  • To be considered for a place on this course you must successfully secure employment with a sporting estate and be 16-19 years old.
  • Satisfactory interview with North Highland College UHI and estate representatives.

North Highland College UHI look for five core values in our Gamekeeping students, these are honesty, good time keeping, presentation, enthusiasm and willingness. 

  • Assist with the management of public relations and access to a sporting estate
  • Control vertebrate pests and predators using traps
  • Monitor and maintain health and safety
  • Assist with heather burning activities
  • Stalk and cull deer
  • Maintain game populations

Also included:

  • Manual Handling
  • First Aid at Work
  • ATV Operations
  • Snaring Accreditation
  • DMQ1


How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Your lecturer/assessor will make regular review visits to your estate to monitor your training progress.

Assessment and theory study will take place both at the estate and on block release at Thurso. 

How long will my course last?


One year.

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso

Start date

By negotiation.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course has excellent opportunites, progression routes and a great employment network.

Is there more information available online?

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