DSC Level 1

Our intensive two day course is delivered by Paul Adkins, one of the leading UK instructors whose 10 year of professional teaching experience caters for all levels and abilities of learner. Taught with a blend of theoretical and practical skills in a relaxed and informal setting, this training sets high standards in preparing candidates to pass the assessments comfortably.

Course Content

  • Deer biology and ecology
  • Legislation
  • Stalking techniques and taking the shot
  • Deer identification
  • Safety
  • Shooting
  • Large Game Meat Hygiene


Candidates who complete all 5 elements of the DSC 1 assessment will have their papers internally verified by our supporting assessment centre (SRUC Barony Campus) and provided there are no problems, DMQ will be informed of the successful pass who will then issue the DSC 1 certificate.

Entry Requirements

No entry requirements are necessary to come on the course, however, participants must hold relevant insurance through their membership with either SACS, BASC, Countryside Alliance, or through a personal cover. Candidates do not require a Firearms Certificate and a rifle will be provided for candidates who require the use of one.

Rifles and Ammunition

Rifles to be used must be a minimum of .222 calibre. A rifle and ammunition for use by candidates will be provided for the shooting assessment if required. Our rifle is often used in place of the candidates own rifle as it is specifically tuned for candidates to use for this assessment and delivers an exceptionally high standard of accuracy.

Recommended Reading

To help candidates prepare for the training and assessment we have produces a comprehensive package for self study that is Free to candidates who register. This pre-course reading covers all of the elements of assessment including deer identification practice and safety standards for field practice.

Further Advice

The best way to find out more is to have a chat so why not call us on 0800 270 7505 and we can have a chat.


For more information and to view the relevant DSC1 question banks as part of your course preparation.

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