Diploma Course

This is a great course for anyone who wishes to achieve a higher level of learning, and who maybe does not have the time to attend more formal education establishments. This course, like the Certificate, is done by distance learning and designed to fit in with work and family life. Most of our students are in full time work.

This is at a more advanced level to the IFM Certificate Course and provides the level of knowledge required by persons employed in positions such as fishery officers, fisheries managers or water bailiffs. The course extends over two years, with freshwater biology, fisheries management, fishery law and environmental management covered in one year, and fish husbandry, fish disease, water quality and recreation and amenity in the other year.

Short weekend field courses are held in the October of each year which provide the students with some practical experience, as well as the opportunity to meet other students and the IFM team.

In order to pass the course a student must complete all of the unit assessments, submit a project and field course work as well as achieve a pass in all exams.

The course has been running for over 30 years and is an excellent way to gain a high degree of knowledge and experience whilst still working. The course tutors are all industry experts with many years experience in the field.

The course materials are reviewed annually and are now produced in electronic format and come supplied on a memory stick along with a range of supporting materials.

We have recently amended the exam procedure so that exams are now open book style and are taken at home on the designated day. This removes the requirement for students to travel to exam centres though the exams themselves are no less challenging.

Our minimum requirements for students enrolling on this course are a Level 3 (A level, IFM Certificate) qualification and some fisheries experience.

The IFM Mentor Scheme.

For those students who feel they would benefit from a little extra help on assessments, exams or the project we can offer you the services of an IFM mentor. The mentors are all experienced professional people with a wealth of knowledge in the  fishery management profession. We envisage that correspondence with the mentors will be via email and they will initially be on hand to help with the assessments, as well as advice on suitable project topics.

Note that enrolment to the course starts in October and applications must be received by 30 September.

Please note that due to the entry requirements all people wishing to apply for the Diploma must initially contact the course manager, Iain Turner at iain.turner@ifm.org.uk

Course Fees

The course fees for each year are released in July. These can be paid in either one lump sum or split over the two years of the course.

Please note fees for each year must be paid in advance of the start date.

Course fees are currently £650 per year.