Course Information

Who is the course for?

The course is offered to students already working in the sports turf industry and study through work based learning. This course is designed to offer the training required to support the contents of the Green keeping Training Manual developed by the Green keeping Training Committee. The course offers high quality training, to meet sports turf industry standards. The qualifications were designed by the industry for employers and this ensures that the training you receive will equip you with the skills needed by the industry.

What does the course involve?

Whilst at work, you will receive comprehensive practical training designed to develop your competence at carrying out relevant real-life sports turf establishment and maintenance tasks that your employer will value. You will be visited regularly by, or have, a qualified NVQ assessor to check on your progression and to ensure that you are building evidence towards your final qualification. You will visit the college on one day per week to work towards gaining detailed underpinning knowledge of your chosen subject area. Course content will include:

  • Working practices
  • Turf establishment and maintenance
  • Irrigation practices
  • Identification of weeds, pests and diseases
  • Plant protection
  • Preparation of the golf course
  • Machinery
  • Health and safety and legislation
  • Identification and use of plants

What makes this course special?

This course covers a wide range of subjects, both practically and theoretically, to give a broad basic knowledge. Additionally, you will have access to excellent facilities to enhance and support your learning including:

  • Excellent nine hole (18 tee) golf course and associated machinery
  • Assorted cricket, rugby and football sports turf surfaces
  • Superb computer facilities
  • Modern learning resources centre
  • Training officer support and guidance
  • Stimulating learning environment

Entry Requirements

  • GCSEs in the A*-E range
  • Employer sponsorship in the form of a letter of recommendation and support
  • Course entry is also subject to an initial assessment in order to determine the appropriate level of study for you

What are the assessment methods?

Practical and knowledge assessments take place throughout the course. Students compile a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their competence. There are no exams with NVQs.

How long is the course?

The course is run over two years.

What are the progression options?

You can progress to NVQ Level 3 and then may progress to higher level employment or NVQ 4 and 5. Some students go on study (part-time or full-time) for a degree in Golf Course Management.

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