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    Can anyone tell me the best place to do my DSC1 Please

    Hello,
    Im looking to do my DSC1 in the UK, and i don't know who to turn to about it.

    Please can somebody give me advice on which company to go to?

    Many thanks

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    Depends where abouts you are in the uk there's some guys with good reports on here.i did mine at barony and could recommend it any more very helpful and great course.
    Last edited by davidm; 26-04-2012 at 14:54.

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    Im from the South of the UK, Ive just seen some posts about the Jelen Deer, does anyone know what that company is about? also I've seen the british deer society, what are they like?

    Many thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by reddeer93 View Post
    Im from the South of the UK, Ive just seen some posts about the Jelen Deer, does anyone know what that company is about? also I've seen the british deer society, what are they like?

    Many thanks
    Be interesting to hear what mixed views you've heard of Jelen training - I'd say it was hard to beat - and their pass rate speaks for itself. The training materials and delivery are excellent. I speak from personal experience and that of several friends and acquaintances that have used them.

    I'd suggest that the noise in the thread around stalking is just that. The company is focussed on deer management and their training team are well versed in helping you achieve the qualification. As they offer a money back guarantee, why not talk to them? It will certainly allay (or justify) your fears as much as any comment on here.
    Last edited by Eric the Red; 26-04-2012 at 15:56. Reason: smelling
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    Oh right, I've had a look on their website, they sound like they know what their talking about. i certainly will be giving them a call.

    Many thanks to your reply
    much appreciated

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    I did mine with the British Deer Society at Wadhurst Park, and can thoroughly recommend them.

    They have recently dropped the price too, I think you find they are very competitive.

    They also run the course over four days, which means you will need to take some holiday. When their course dates are announced they sell out rapidly, as the training is highly regarded.

    Their manual and DVD are very well done. The manual is not just for DSC1, it is also a good resource for further study.

    They are a charity for deer welfare, well deserving of support, not a for-profit private company, if that matters to you.

    Some others offer a shorter course, but I don't see how it can be done as thoroughly, and I think the longer courses work out as better value for money.

    Find out the ratio of students to instructors i.e. class size.

    Some package up the multiple choice question bank together with answers into an electronic game, so you can memorise the answers. Personally I don't see this as a useful way of actually learning the basics.

    If you want to see what the exam entails, all the (up to date) questions are freely available at DMQ Setting the standard for wild deer management No need to pay.

    Get hold of a BDS manual, or sign up for the course and its included. You will find that the answer to every question is in the manual. In working out the answers you will already have learned a lot, and be better prepared for the course, which would be rather intense if approached without preparation.

    If you aren't already experienced then the deer recognition photo test, and the shooting test are aspects where there can be no substitute for study and practice, memory skills won't help.

    DSC1 is a proper examination with pass fail criteria, not an attendance course, and on my course a few did not pass first time. You could argue that a provider who claimed 100% pass rates must be better, or you might wonder whether there might be a tendency for teaching to pass the test rather than teaching to instill knowledge.

    If you do fail part of the exam you can re-sit it with any provider, you don't have to return to the original one. The BDS make time on the final day to get new exam papers and offer resits whilst others are waiting for the shooting test. Check whether your provider can do this.

    If you will be using the estate rifle for the shooting test, find out what the cost will be.

    Good luck.
    Last edited by Sharpie; 26-04-2012 at 16:06.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharpie View Post
    If you do fail part of the exam you can re-sit it with any provider, you don't have to return to the original one. The BDS make time on the final day to get new exam papers and offer resits whilst others are waiting for the shooting test. Check whether your provider can do this.
    Interesting statement, given the statement from Peter at BASC on this subject in another thread - Anyone had results yet from 23rd March Jelen DSC1 Course? - Page 2, only today?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric the Red View Post
    Interesting statement, given the statement from Peter at BASC on this subject in another thread - Anyone had results yet from 23rd March Jelen DSC1 Course? - Page 2, only today?
    They CAN tell you when you have definitely failed, and why, and offer you a retest of that module (they have to apply to DMQ for a new exam paper and print it out, so it requires organisation to do it on the day). Saves a lot of time, disruption and cost to take them up on the offer.

    It was always made clear that the final result was subject to confirmation.

    With the calibre of instruction and invigilation on our course I don't think any of us were too concerned about this.

    On our course anyone who was interested, even if they had passed well, was also told which questions they had got wrong, and reminded of the correct answer.

    With all exams there will be a DMQ representative present, to make sure things are done properly, so from the point of view of the examinations it is a level playing field for all providers.

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