Level 3 Workbased Diploma in Amenity Horticulture



The course is delivered in your workplace using a mix of learning that involves use of the College online learning platform (Oaklearn) and Assessor guidance. There is not normally a need for learners to attend College other than for an interview and initial assessment. The duration of the course will in most cases be 14 months and you can start at any point in the year.

Course Content - What will I learn?

The topics covered in the diploma include turf maintenance, health and safety in the workplace, self-development, machinery use and maintenance, maintenance of irrigation and drainage systems, collecting information and advising others, holding meetings, running small scale projects, analysing sites, preparing of ground and establishment of grass areas etc.


Am I right for the course?

You need to be working at a Golf Course or Sports Turf venue and be able to carry out a range of maintenance activities in the workplace. You will be self-motivated and able to access online learning materials via the internet. Ideally you will have at least 2 years of industrial experience and be able to use word processing programmes such as Microsoft word to produce documents required by the level 3 criteria (e.g. minutes of meetings etc.)

This course is appropriate for people working in the Golf Greenkeeping or Sportsturf industry. You should be fully employed at a Golf Club or Sports Turf venue. Due to government funding rules the cost of the course will depend on your age, qualifications held etc. You are advised to contact the Workbased department at the College for advice on cost.

Success in the programme will be based on practical competence in the workplace and underpinning knowledge. Students must complete a portfolio of evidence to support their competence.

There is no additionality for this course, however it would be an advantage to hold pesticide application certificates PA1 and 2 or 6 (note these are not included as part of the level 3 course).

Your assessors will be staff who have extensive backgrounds in the spots turf industry as well as in teaching and assessing workbased qualifications.

What Next?

This award will give you a supervisory qualification. On completion of this course and assuming suitable experience and skills you can progress onto the ILM Level 4 Management qualification or with suitable experience the Golf Course Manager Apprenticeship

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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Contact our Admissions team to find out more about student fees and how they might apply to you.

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