Apprenticeships - L3 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.

What are the Course Requirements?

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.

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.)

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.

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.

Course Additionality

There is no additionality for this course, however you must hold or be prepared to gain pesticide application certificates PA1 and 2 or 6 to pass the course (note these are not included as part of the level 3 course)

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 NPTC/City and Guilds Level 4 NVQ In Amenity Sportsturf Management.

TypePart Time
Start Date26/11/2016
CampusOut Of College

* 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)