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Sportsturf - City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (720) at Myerscough College

Course description

The Level 3 Advanced Technical qualifications are popular options for school leavers and young adults. They combine practical-based skills with academic theory, classroom study and external visits.

The City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate (360) is a one-year, six-unit, course broadly equivalent to one A Level, whilst the two-year, 12-unit, City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (720) is equivalent to two A Levels and ideal for progression to Higher Education. Students who successfully complete the Certificate can, if they wish, progress directly to the second year of the Diploma.

Course content

On the City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate (360) students learn the principles of plant science (the function of plant structures, turf growth and development) and soil science (investigating soil characteristics and how they affect turf growth and development) in relation to sportsturf maintenance. Additional units cover constructing horizontal landscape surfaces, maintaining turf in parks and gardens, managing winter and summer sportsturf surfaces, establishing and managing exterior plant displays and undertaking sportsturf machinery operations.

Students who choose the two-year Diploma route can further their sportsturf knowledge during the second year of their programme. This covers business management in the sportsturf sector (finance, marketing and business analysis) and a work experience module in the sportsturf industry. Additional units
cover the construction and establishment of sports and amenity turf areas, managing amenity turf and soil water, the pricniples of plant health and protection and an investigative project – researching a specific topic related to sportsturf.

In addition to obtaining the main Level 3 qualification, students on the Subsidiary Diploma also have the opportunity to study towards a range of important NPTC Awards. These may include certificates in employability and personal development, manual handling, ride-on mowers or pedestrian controlled mowers.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above (including English Language and Maths or Science), or an Intermediate Level course (e.g. Level 2 Certificate at Pass including at least one Functional Skill at Level 2), or equivalent qualifications.


A wide range of assessment methods are used during the course, to give all students the opportunity to maximise their success.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the Level 3 City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate (360), and then Level 3 City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (720), will enable students to progress to Higher Education if desired, although students seeking a more academic course should also consider the Level 3 City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (1080) in Animal Management which contains an additional six units compared to the Diploma.

Careers opportunities include assistant or head greenkeeper, golf course manager, stadium manager, technicians and agronomists.

Further information

The most popular team and individual sports played outside today involve the
use of turf or grass surfaces. These include golf, football, rugby, cricket, bowls and horseracing.

If you are passionate about sport and would like to work outdoors, our courses offer an excellent platform to a career in sportsturf with superb employment prospects.

There are fantastic opportunities both in the UK and overseas for people who are trained and qualified in sportsturf. Careers exist at all levels, from assistant groundspersons and greenkeepers to managers of international sports facilities such as Premier League Football Clubs and the major elite Golf Courses.

Our courses will equip you with the skills that are necessary to build, maintain and
manage quality turf surfaces to a high standard. Students learn the science behind how grasses grow, as well as soils, drainage and a wide range of maintenance
practices. You will gain an understanding of the demands of sport and what players need or expect from turf surfaces.

You will be taught how to provide these conditions all year round and in all
weather conditions. Students also get the chance to operate sophisticated machinery and equipment and to develop the practical skills needed to maintain, present and repair sportsturf surfaces.

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 23 October 2017
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