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Golf Greenkeeping and Groundsmanship

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 2 Apprenticeship

What will I study?

  • Maintenance and repair of sports turf surfaces
  • Health and disease of plants and grass
  • Plant and grass establishment
  • Machinery and equipment
  • Health and safety
  • Opportunity to work towards gaining spraying certificates (additional employer fees may apply)
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
  • You will have the opportunity to work towards additional qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 24 months depending on previous experience

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Preferably GCSEs at grade 2 or above including English and Maths

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
Level 3 Apprenticeship

What will I study?

How long will it take?

  • 36 months depending on previous experience 12 months if progressing from a Level 2 Apprenticeship)

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Preferably GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Maths, or
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship in Horticulture

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Study a level 4 qualification in amenity horticulture
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?

Apprenticeships are funded through government and employer contributions. If you are:

  • 16-18 working for a small business (<50) your training will be fully funded*
  • 19+ or working for a Medium size business (50+) an employer contribution may be required
  • Working for a large business or organisation (Payroll of £3m+) you training funded from your employers Digital Apprenticeship Service  Account

*small businesses who employ an apprentice between 16-18 may be eligible to receive a financial government incentive


Our college bus service collects over 1,400 students every day from far and wide. What’s more, getting to Reaseheath is FREE* on all college bus routes. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.

How do I apply?

If you have an employer and you would like to apply for an apprenticeship you can apply now online. You can also view our live vacancies or complete an online enquiry form and a member of the apprenticeship team will contact you.

For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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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.”