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Apprenticeship Course Details

Sports Turf Level 3 Apprenticeship - 2019:20

Location:  Merrist Wood College
Course Code:  OD02WP0A001P
Year:  2019:20
Start Date:  Ongoing throughout the year
Duration:  2 Years
Attendance:  2 years - one day a week
FT/PT:  Part-Time
Exam Board: City and Guilds of London Institute
Level: 3
Tuition Fees: £ 2500 (Levy paying Employers)
Tuition Fees: £ 250 (Non Levy Paying Employers with 50+ Employees)
Exam Fees: £ 0
Other Fees: Advanced Apprenticeships may have additional individual costs, we recommend you check with the college.
Subject Area

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Content / Overview

This Apprenticeship introduces learners to supervisory level greenkeeping and groundsmanship.

Framework for the Apprenticeship includes:

  • Employee rights and responsibilities
  • Functional skills Maths and Literacy at level 2
  • Work Based Learning Sports Turf Level 3 Diploma

Course content includes:

  • Estimating resource requirements and programming work
  • Promoting, monitoring and maintaining health, safety and security
  • Self management
  • Managing information for action
  • Creating grassed and planted areas
  • Managing sports turf areas
  • Managing drainage and irrigation systems
  • Managing planted areas for their amenity value
  • Preparing and applying pesticides

Please note, this apprenticeship is correct at time of publishing, but may be subject to change due to impending government reforms

Why Study Here

Merrist Wood College has excellent training resources, including the adjoining championship length golf course, putting green and sports pitches. The College has close links with the sports turf industry including a candidate data matching service to help match employers with potential candidates. The College’s further learning resources include the library’s extensive collection of books, magazines, periodicals and online resources.

Suitable For

This Apprenticeship is suited to learners who have completed a work based Sports Turf Level 2 Diploma, or a level 2 Apprenticeship in Sports turf or green keeping, and wish to gain more skills in a supervisory role.

Application Method

Application followed by individual interview

Entry Requirements

You must be working in a sport turf or Green keeping role and must have a level 2 Diploma or Apprenticeship in Sports turf or Greenkeeping as well as be interested in developing your skills. 

Advanced apprentices must have GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 (grade C) or above, or equivalent.

Delivery Method

One day a week in College for the Autumn and Spring term of both year 1 and year 2. The course is delivered through lectures, seminars and practicals. Tutor support is also provided during workplace assessment visits, approximately 2-3 per year.


Students are continually assessed throughout the Apprenticeship at College and in the workplace by a combination of providing a portfolio of evidence, work place assessment and Functional Skills exams.

Additional Information

For further details please contact the work based learning co-ordinator on 01483 88 41 36


01483 88 40 00

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