Game Shooter Certificate 1


BASC’s Game Shooter Certificate 1 course is designed for the sportsman or woman who has recently taken up game shooting, or is seeking further advice and guidance.   

The course will provide an insight into and a wider understanding of game shooting and improve success and ability in the field.  Successful delegates will be awarded the BASC Game Shooter Certificate 1. 

If bringing your own shotgun, it must be suitable for game shooting.  Cartridges should be factory produced (no home loaded cartridges) and a standard steel shot game load.  Shotguns will be provided for those who do not own one. 

Demand for the GSC1 courses is usually very high and places are allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis. 

Course content

The course will cover a number of areas:

  • Safety
  • Firearms law and shotgun shooting
  • Before the day, on the day, end of the day
  • Etiquette
  • Cartridges
  • Taking the shot
  • Gundogs
  • Quarry and the law
  • Game shooting

The second day will focus on assessments:

  • General written paper 50 multiple choice questions

Followed by a practical assessments:

  • Safe shot assessment covering safety in the field and shooting clay targets
  • Range judging exercise

The day will end with a constructive feedback session with BASC staff and coaches who will answer any of your questions and take on board your feedback. If you are interested in taking part in one of these courses, please book early to avoid disappointment.

Course length

1.5 days


  • Members £185
  • Non-members £267

For further information and course dates contact the Training and Education department 01244 573018

Course dates

Click the link below for full details of all confirmed course dates and how to book your place. The booking page will updated as new dates and venues are confirmed across the UK.

The price for 2022 courses will increase to £195 for members and £275 non-members

Game Shooter Certificate 1 course dates

Cancellation Policy

Should there be insufficient bookings, BASC reserve the right to cancel the course. In the interests of fairness BASC will aim to provide candidates with notification of cancellation as soon as possible prior to the advertised start date.

We strongly recommend that fees for any accommodation you book are refundable as BASC will not be responsible for any losses incurred by candidates.

If for any reason you cancel your place on the course then the following scale of charges may apply:-


Charge Non- Members


Reallocation to another course (only available eight weeks or more before the course start date)



2nd reallocation to another course (only available 8 weeks or more before the course start date AND in exceptional circumstances)



Cancellation more than eight weeks before the course start date

40% course cost

30% course cost

Cancellation less than eight weeks but more than eight weeks before the course start date

75% course cost

60% course cost

Cancellation less than four weeks before the course start date

100% course cost

100% course cost

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