Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Cannington Centre

Who is the course for?

This course is for those who enjoy working outside, as part of a team, with tools and machinery.

A Sports Turf Operative is responsible for the maintenance, renovation and overall appearance of one or more sports turf surfaces, in accordance with the needs of the particular sport. It is their job to maintain an appropriate quality playing surface which reflects the carrying capacity of that surface to ensure that a sustainable playing surface is provided.

The 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.

Working in the outdoor environment is a healthy and therapeutic activity, which contributes to the well-being of employees as well as users of sports surfaces. With the vast range of natural or artificial turf pitches available, throughout the UK and world-wide, now is an excellent time to join this well-established and dynamic profession.

What does the course involve?

You will cover the following subject areas:

  • Maintaining the health of sports turf
  • Presenting and repairing sports turf
  • Use and maintain equipment and machinery
  • Prepare and operate a tractor and attachments
  • Health and safety
  • Developing personal performance
  • Establishing plants outdoors

You may attend College one day a week for workshops during eight months of the year and then study on your own and work with your employer for four days each week. If you do not have a job, the College may be able to help you find one. You will be paid a wage.

What makes this course special?

As a Bridgwater & Taunton College Apprentice, you will have access to the full range of support and facilities available to full time students including:

  • A high quality commercial golf course and extensive grounds
  • Excellent IT facilities and e-portfolios
  • A lively and stimulating environment in which to make new friends to help you through your first year of work
  • Access to a large modern learning resources centre
  • Tutorial support and guidance as well as the individual support from your Trainer/Assessor
  • Access to a wide variety of extra curricular activities

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE’s in the A* - E or 9 – 3 range
  • Successful Interview
  • Either hold or have the ability to achieve a D - E in English and Maths GCSE’s (3 - 4) or Level 1 Functional Skills
  • Initial assessment may be required in English and Maths

What are the assessment methods?

There are no exams with Diplomas. You are assessed on your knowledge and skills on an ongoing basis and will obtain evidence that you can meet the required standards throughout your training.

There will be examinations for some of the additional qualifications. You will be appointed a Trainer Assessor who will visit you in your workplace and assess your progress on a regular basis.

How long is the course?

The Apprenticeship ends when you have completed all of the necessary components of the course. This is typically about eighteen months. The pace of your progress will depend on you!

What are the College attendance requirements?

Workshops days will be available at our Cannington Centre to study the technical elements as well as functional skills. The number to be attended will be agreed at sign-up and may depend on your intitial assessments.

What are the progression options?

Apprentices can progress to supervisory level employment within the industry or progress to Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeship). Advanced Apprentices may progress to higher level employment or Level 4 and 5. 


  • Leve 3 Apprenticeship
  • Grounds Person
  • Sales representative

Further Information