Gamekeeping Modern Apprenticeship SVQ2

What is special about this course?

This Modern Apprenticeship initiative offers people the chance to work towards achieving an SVQ in Game and Wildlife Management (Upland/Grouse) at SCQF Level 5. The programme is a combination of work-based and college training and provides the dual benefit of students gaining a nationally recognised qualification while being paid as they work. 

This Modern Apprenticeship consists of an SVQ, Core Skilles and Enhancements. 

Apprentice Benefits:

  • Debt free learning
  • Nationally recognised qualifications
  • Career progression opportunities

Employer Benefits:

  • Cost effective training supported by funding from Skills Development Scotland (up to 100% funding depending on age and eligibility criteria)
  • Develop up to date and relevant skills and qualifications


Entry requirements

Candidates should be employed on a sporting estate.

Candidate must be of a reasonably high standard of physical fitness

Potential MA Gamekeeping candidates should hold a qualification in:

  • Communication/English at SCQF Level 3
  • Numeracy at SCQF Level 3
  • ICT at SCQF Level 3

Or equivalent qualifications


be able to demonstrate an interest and desire to work in, or experience of working in, the field of gamekeeping.

Candidates without evidence of achievement of formal academic qualifications as above will be asked to undertake a short ‘profile’ document to demonstrate ability of core skills at these levels.

Please note that applying for this course does not guarantee a Modern Apprenticeship place, your application will be discussed with you in the first instance.

This Modern Apprenticeship framework is developed by the sector skills council, LANTRA, in consultation with employers and key partners in the industry. The course can be tailored towards the specific needs of the employer but will typically contain core skills and industry specific units. These include:


13 Mandatory units:

  • Prepare Sporting Aids and Equipment to Support Game Shooting Activities
  • Support Game Shooting Activities
  • Use Shotguns and Rifles Safely for Pest Control and Sporting Purposes
  • Monitor Game Populations and Habitats
  • Support Game Populations
  • Carry Out Prescribed Burning Activities as Part of Vegetation Management
  • Monitor and Maintain Health, Safety and Security
  • Establish and Maintain Working Relationships with Others
  • Control Vertebrate Pests and Predators Using Traps
  • Control Vertebrate Pests and Predators by Shooting

Three Optional Units such as:

  • Assist Game Shooting by Loading Shotguns
  • Stalk and Cull Deer
  • Prepare Large Game Carcasses for Entry into the Human Food Chain

Core Skills

The Communication, Working with Others and Problem Solving Core Skills are fully embedded within the Game and Wildlife Management (Upland/Grouse) SVQ at SCQF Level 5 therefore these core skills are not required to be delivered as part of the MA. The Information and Communication Technology and Numeracy Core Skills will be delivered and assessed if the candidate does not already hold these core skills.


One Enhancement or more must be chosen and agreed with the assessor from a list provided by LANTRA such as;

  • Dear Stalking Certificate
  • All-Terrain Vehicle Handling
  • Snaring and Safe Use of Snares

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Online

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?

12 months

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso
    • Work Based

Start date

By negotiation.


For more information about this course, contact Gamekeeping Lecturer David Olds at


For the latest information on fees please see our Tuition Fees information.


Funding is available from Skills Development Scotland to contribute towards the costs of the apprentices training under the Modern Apprenticeship Programme for all young people between the ages of 16-19 for all frameworks. Funding may also be available for young people between the ages of 20 -24 and 25+ however this is dependant on the framework and sector.

For more information on Modern Apprenticeship Funding please visit our

Modern Apprenticeships page

What can I do on completion of my course?

Participants may enter into the wide range of full and part time provision offered by the college or continue with employment goals.


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