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Sports Turf Level 2 Apprenticeship at Bridgwater College

Course description

The greenkeeping and golf industry provides the perfect opportunity to work in a wide range of environmental situations with links, parkland and heathland golf courses throughout the UK. Apprenticeship programmes help in the training of young people who are able to undertake a range ofresponsibilities from craft level operations through to supervisory roles. College training is carried out at our Cannington Centre and makes full use of the College’s excellent sports turf resources. This programme is designed for anyone who has a keen interest in the greenkeeping and golf industry and prefers combining her/his practical abilities with the development of knowledge and understanding of greenkeeping activities.

Course content

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 will attend College one day a week 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.

Entry requirements

You should be educated to GCSE level and you may need to complete an initial assessment at College, which will help us guide you to the most appropriate programme to meet your needs.

Assessment

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 an Assessor who will visit you in your workplace and assess your progress on a regular basis. One day a week you will come into College to work on your qualifications. You will also be allocated a Training Officer who will oversee your training. Your Training Officer will see you at least once every two months, to review your progress and help you with any problems you might have.

Future opportunities

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. Some Advanced apprentices go on study for a foundation degree in Horticulture at the Cannington Centre for Land Based Studies.

Alternatively you could enter employment such as:

  • Green Keeper
  • Grounds Person
  • Sales representative

Progress to L3 Extended Diploma in Professional Horticulture (Landscape Design, Sports Turf and Food Production) and eventually to higher education (level 4) if desired.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2016

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