Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Horticulture (Sports Turf / Greenkeeping) - Writtle University College
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Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Horticulture (Sports Turf / Greenkeeping)

Writtle University College are excited to be rolling out the new Golf Greenkeeper Apprenticeship Standard, which has been specifically designed by employers to meet the needs of industry and provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in your industry.

The Apprenticeship provides a blend of practical hands on experience with the underpinning knowledge. At the end of the Apprenticeship you will be required to complete an independent End-Point Assessment to prove you have gained the required skills to achieve the Apprenticeship.

A Golf Greenkeeper is responsible for the maintenance, care and overall appearance of a golf course in line with employer's requirements. It is their job to maintain a good quality playing surface and ensure the course offers a consistent challenge and an enjoyable experience for golfers.

There are four key turfgrass areas on a golf course - greens, tees, fairways and areas of rough, each of which requires a different type of maintenance. Using a range of equipment and machinery safely and competently will play a major part within an apprentices training programme. Golf Greenkeepers will also be involved in hazard, environmental and ecological operations which may include bunker maintenance, planting turf, trees, shrubs and developing wildlife habitats. The skills required to become a competent greenkeeper will be acquired whilst working on the golf course.

By the end of the programme, the apprentice will know when, how and why the range of maintenance operations are carried out.

You will:

  • Work in your chosen industry for a minimum of 30 hours per week.
  • Get paid a minimum of the Apprenticeship Wage (gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates).
  • Study in a flexible way - students attend College one day a week and work with their employer for the rest of the week.
  • Specialise in either Sports Turf or Greenkeeping, whichever is more relevant to your job role.
  • Complete Functional Skills in English and Maths or there is the option to study for Maths and English GCSE (depending on previous qualifications)*.
  • Complete work-related tasks and assessments.
  • Receive mentoring visits in your workplace from your Writtle University College Training Officer, who will provide support, assess and review your progress.
  • Gain a City & Guilds accredited and nationally recognised qualification.
Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3 Framework)Level
Diploma in Work-based Horticulture and Management (Sports Turf or Greenkeeping pathway)3
Functional Skills*:
  • English
  • Maths

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills:
  • Teamworking
  • Self management
  • Creative thinking
  • Effective participation
  • Independent enquiry
  • Reflective learning
Employment Rights and Responsibilities Workbook

*Unless you hold a GCSE in English and Maths at a C or above or equivalent.

What are the progression options?

After completing the level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, our Apprentices have the option to continue study by progressing in to Higher Education or alternatively the Apprentice can progress in to full time employment within the industry.

How do I apply?

An apprentice needs to be in paid employment, so whilst you can apply for the Apprenticeship before you find an employer, you'll need to be employed before you can start the course. Many of our Apprentices already worked or volunteered for the companies who then decide to support them through their Apprenticeship. We are always happy to provide your employers with the information they need regarding potentially employing an Apprentice and can offer advice, however small or large businesses may be.

I don't have an employer

If you are interested in becoming an Apprentice, but don't have an employer please visit our website for tips on how to find an employer and to see a list of our current Apprenticeship vacancies.

I have an employer

If you have secured or are already in relevant paid employment with an employer willing to support you through the apprenticeship please complete the application form.