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Sports Turf Operative (Groundsperson) Intermediate Level Apprenticeship - Standards - 2019:20

Location:  Merrist Wood College
Course Code:  OD02WP1A007P
Year:  2019:20
Start Date:  Ongoing throughout the year
Duration:  2 Years
FT/PT:  Part-Time
Exam Board: City and Guilds of London Institute
Level: 2
Tuition Fees: £ 5000 (Levy paying Employers)
Tuition Fees: £ 500 (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

The Sports Turf Operative (Groundsperson) Level 2 Apprenticeship will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to manage the maintenance and renovation and overall appearance of one or more sports turf surfaces in accordance with the needs of the particular sport.

This occupation exists to ensure that public and private sports facilities are available for use by the public and ensures facilities are available to support the Government policy of increasing physical activity.

A career as a Sports Turf Operative can be quite varied, potentially working across a wide range of different sports and venues, including athletics, bowls, cricket, croquet, football, hockey, horse racing, rugby league and union, tennis and ranging from general parks type sports surfaces up to first class stadia.

You will learn the basic skills and knowledge needed to progress on to a professional career in the industry.


  • Environmental, Health and Safety Legislation
  • Maintaining tools, equipment and machinery
  • Assessing the impact of weather, ground conditions and usage
  • Maintaining and renovating turf surfaces
  • Reducing the incidence of diseases, disorders, pest and weeds
  • Minimising waste and reducing environment impacts
  • Use of a range of machinery 

Why Study Here

Merrist Wood Campus has excellent training resources, including use of an adjoining championship length golf course, putting greens and sports pitches. The College also has close links with many key figures within the Sports turf industry. Further learning resources include the library’s extensive collection of books, magazines and periodicals. Purpose-built buildings at the College include lecture rooms, library, science laboratories and computer suites in an extensive parkland setting, conveniently close to Guildford and London.

Suitable For

Those who are working, or looking to work, in a sports turf role. 

Application Method

Application followed by individual interview

Entry Requirements

You must be working in a sport turf role and be interested in developing your skills. Alternatively, we have a number of vacancies available every week and can help you find an employer.

Intermediate apprentices must have GCSE Maths and English at grade 3 (grade D) or above, or equivalent.

Delivery Method

Day release at College - one day a week


Continuous assessment in the workplace and in College through portfolio of evidence and functional skills exams.

Further Study

On successful completion you could progress on to a higher level Sports Turf Apprenticeship, or move on to full-time employment.

Additional Information

For further details please contact the WBL co-ordinator on 01483 88 41 36


01483 88 40 00

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