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Course Factsheet

Advanced Apprenticeship in Horticulture - Sportsturf - Greenkeeper

Course Length: Work-based delivery over a minimum* of 24 months, dependent on initial assessment. *Minimum durations apply for 16 – 18 year old. 19 + learners can apply for accredited prior learning which may reduce the duration. Funding rules dictate a minimum of 12 months duration.

Employer's workplace

The supervisory management qualification covers all aspects of learning to support career and managerial development for those working in the golf course industry.

Entry Criteria 

Entry onto the apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to clarify course appropriateness. Entrants must have the ability to achieve Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Mathematics and be able to cope with the Level 2 vocational qualification. Apprentices must have a contract of employment working for a minimum for 30 hours/week. 

Venue Work Based blended delivery programme consisting predominantly of on-site training and assessment within the workplace, supported by off-site technical training at local training and assessment venues as required. Course teaching, learning and assessment is enhanced through the effective use of e portfolio and distance learning resources to ensure flexible delivery is responsive to learner, employer and situational needs.

Programme Structure

The Apprenticeship is made up of a number of different nationally recognised qualifications:

Knowledge & Competence Qualification:  ·        

Level 3 Workbased Diploma in Horticulture – Sportsturf Greenkeeper (click here for details)

Functional Skills:       ·        

Level 2 English ·        

Level 2 Mathematics ·          

Employee Rights and Responsibilities ·        

Delivered and assessed through a workbook

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills ·        

Assessment and recognition through a Record of Achievement

Additional Employer Requirements: ·        

First Aid Certificate ·         1 Legislative Course e.g. PA1, Cylinder & Rotary Mowers, Manual Handling, Abrasive Wheels

Progression: Apprentices successfully completing the Advanced Apprenticeship have opportunities to progress within the industry by continuing onto into Higher Education.

Possible Careers/jobs Typical jobs apprentices will be able to progress onto on completion of the advanced apprenticeship will depend on the qualifications and experience gained, but could include a range of roles within Sportsturf industry.

To apply for this course, complete the Workbased Application Form.
Additional printed copies are available from Workbased Learning:
Tel: 01995 642294 E-mail:
Please return the completed application form to Workbased Learning, Myerscough College, Bilsborrow, Preston PR3 0RY

Special Education Needs and Disability

Prospective students who have a disability that may affect their studies should inform the College as soon as possible. Reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate student needs and to provide appropriate support to enable successful completion of the course of study. Where necessary students will be asked for evidence to help identify appropriate adjustments.

Please note that the information provided in this fact sheet was accurate at the date of publication. However, courses are continually being modified and information is therefore subject to change.