Apprenticeships in

Sports Turf and Greenkeeping

If you work on a golf course or a sports ground and don’t want to stand still, this course is for you! You’ll combine on the job training with studying at Reaseheath for six blocks of three days per month between October and March.

You’ll study modules including maintenance and repair of sports turf surfaces, health and disease of plants and grass and machinery and equipment.

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Level 3 Apprenticeship

What will I study?

How long will it take?

  • 12 to 24 months depending on previous experience

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • Level 4 qualification in Amenity Horticulture

Career options

  • Greenkeeper or groundsperson
  • Assistant head greenkeeper or groundsperson
  • Teaching
  • Retailing
  • Other turf related industries
Level 2 Apprenticeship

What will I study?

How long will it take?

  • 18 to 24 months depending on previous experience

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Preferably GCSEs at grades E or above

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Greenkeeper or groundsperson
  • Assistant head greenkeeper or groundsperson
  • Teaching
  • Retailing
  • Other turf related industries
Additional qualifications

You will have the chance to work towards additional qualifications, including:

  • Industrial skills certificates
  • First Aid
  • Spraying certificate
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2017 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.

Transport

Our college buses pick up over 1,000 students each day from a wide area. The cost of daily transport is subsidised if travelling on the College bus service. To find out the cost of transport for part-time students and a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

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Student Profile
Joe Lomas

Ambition: Head Greenkeeper

School: St Thomas More Catholic School, Buxton 

Age: 22

A trainee greenkeeper for the Chapel-en-le-Frith Golf Club, Derbyshire, Joe comes into college for three days a month between October and March on an apprenticeship programme specially designed to fit in with the golfing calendar.

He’s no stranger to Reaseheath, as he previously completed our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Land Based Technology. But spending his middle year on work placement with Cheshire Turf Machinery gave him specialist skills and experience – and access to opportunities in the sports turf industry.
During the summer Joe mows greens and fairways and ensures that the course is prepared for the club’s 700 members. He’s mentored by Head Greenkeeper Simon Whathall, himself a former sports turf apprentice at Reaseheath.

At college the emphasis is on academic work and Joe learns turf science, pest and diseases, ground preparation and soil analysis.

He says: “The apprenticeship programme is a great way to learn, as you’re doing lots of practical work which is backed up by the academic study. You’re gaining knowledge so you know the reason why you are doing a job. There’s plenty of opportunity for progression too.”