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Sports Turf & Greenkeeping Technical Baccalaureate at Reaseheath College

Course description

Suitable for high achievers wishing to pursue a career in the Sports Turf industry, this qualification will provide you with the opportunity to study for a career that could take you around the world. You will study the principals of maintenance, repair and preparation of golf courses and sports facilities as well as understand the scientific principles underpinning turf care and management.

This is an ideal career destination if you love sport, like working outdoors and enjoy operating machinery and equipment.

The Tech Bacc provides an excellent foundation for progression onto specialist courses at university as it is equivalent to 4.5 A-Levels but can also provide a direct pathway into employment within the sports turf industry or onto Higher Apprenticeships. Career opportunities exist within local sports facilities as well as elite golf courses and Premier League Football clubs.

You will gain:

  • Level 3 180 credit Extended Diploma in Horticulture
  • Level 3 Extened Project qualification
  • Level 3 Core Maths

Course content

Year 1

  • Principles of plant and soil science
  • Business management
  • Plant propagation
  • Land-based machinery
  • Manage amenity turf

You will also have the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications that support industry skills development.

Year 2

  • Construct and establish sports and amenity turf areas
  • Manage winter and summer sports surfaces
  • Plant health and protection
  • Manage soil water

You will also have the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications that support industry skills development.

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs including grade B in Maths, English and Science and grade C in 2 other subjects
  • Relevant Level 2 Diploma at Merit or above with GCSE grade B in Maths and English. Those with other level 2 qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis

Future opportunities

Course options after this programme

  • You may progress into Higher Education, gain employment within the sports turf and greenkeeping industry or start a Higher Apprenticeship

Higher Education course options

  • BSc (Hons) Sports Turf Science and Management
  • FdSc Sports Turf

Career options

  • Assistant groundsperson
  • Greenkeeper
  • Sports facilities manager

Further information

You will also complete an industry based placement and be assigned an ‘Indsustry Mentor’ who will provide 1:1 support and guidance during your course programme.

This will help you to develop the knowledge, experience and skills that will best prepare you for a career in the sports turf industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reaseheath College directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016

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    • You will be studying in the beautiful, rural setting of Cheshire, one mile from the market town of Nantwich with good connections to Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Chester. 

      The Reaseheath campus itself is small enough to retain its friendly, family atmosphere, but large enough for you to be able to mix with lots of groups of students. 

      Our front lawn is great to sit out on during the summer and the College lake has much wildlife to watch. 

      Over the past few years we have invested over £50 million in our campus to give you the best possible environment for learning. 

      A further £30 million investment is planned for the campus including a £6 million advanced agricultural technology and engineering facility, new halls of residence and new sporting facilities.