Apprenticeships - L3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Amenity Horticulture

The duration of the Advanced Apprenticeship is 24 months The Work Based Diploma Level 3 part of the apprenticeship framework will be delivered online using Oaklearn the college's online learning platform. You can start the course at any time you wish.

What are the Course Requirements?

Apprentices must be employed in the sports turf industry. Apprentices must complete an initial assessment before a place on the training course is offered. Your employer must be prepared to take a full and active role in supporting you in the apprenticeship framework requirements.

Am I right for the course?

You will be working in the sports turf industry as a Greenkeeper or Groundsperson most likely with at least 2 years of industrial experience. You will be able to build up a portfolio of evidence and take part in work based assessment visits. In addition you will be expected to gain 2 Functional Skills (level 2 in maths and English). Therefore you should have a reasonable level of education in Maths and English or be able to demonstrate you can work to the required levels.

Course Content - What will I learn?

The work based diploma will cover the following units, Manage, repair and renovate sports turf, Plan and set out sports turf areas, Create grassed and planted areas Estimate resources and programme work, Health, safety and security, Prepare and apply pesticides, Manage yourself and information for action, Equipment and machinery, Management of irrigation and Management of drainage systems. You will cover Functional Skills at level 2 in Maths and English (unless you have already gained suitable GCSE levels that serve as a relaxation or already hold Functional skills in maths and English at level 2).

How will I be assessed?

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. The Functional skills part of the course will be assessed in college with a Functional skills exam.

Course Additionality


What Next

Students who achieve the Advanced apprenticeship should (after a suitable period progress on a level 4 qualification, which is aimed at senior management level.

TypePart Time
Start Date25/06/2017
LevelFull Level 3

* 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.

Most of your training is carried out at your place of work through an Individual Learning Plan. This is designed to provide you with the support, supervision and work-based mentoring you will need.

An assessor will work alongside you and your employer to monitor your progress against nationally recognised qualifications within your vocational area. This ensures that while your needs – and those of your employer – are being met at a local level, the qualifications you gain meet the highest national standards.

Assessors also visit you at your workplace to see how you are putting your developing skills into practice on the job.

Classes will be taught by experienced professionals who will ensure you develop your technical knowledge and key skills.

Career progression is excellent for apprentices, and over the course of their careers, those with an Apprenticeship earn on average, £100,000 more than those without. (A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Apprenticeships and Other Vocational Qualifications, University of Sheffield, 2007)