Course Details

The course will be delivered over a 24 month period in preparation for the end point assessment. Throughout this period you will attend master classes and have a practical experiences to enhance your skills and knowledge. You will attend the college one day a week and also have Functional Skills delivery as part of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Math’s and English GCSE at C or 4 would be beneficial, however Functional skill E3 on initial assessment is essential.

Career options

Professional Recognition: This standard is recognised by the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG), the Professional Body for Sports Turf Operatives and others working in the grounds care industry. Moving onto Level 3 higher apprenticeship and undertaking supervisory roles as assistant Grounds Operati

Sports Turf Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship

Five highlights

  • 1 Subject Specialist Tutors
  • 2 Ofsted graded outstanding
  • 3 Outstanding teachers
  • 4 Beautiful rural campus
  • 5 Outstanding resources

Key Points

  • Brinsbury Campus
  • Flexible start date
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard for a Sports Turf Operative

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Course code Location Course length Start date
HOR156WMMB Brinsbury Campus 2 Years Flexible start date

What you need to know

What will I study?

A Sports Turf Operative is responsible for the maintenance and renovation and overall appearance of one or more sports turf surfaces in accordance with the needs of the particular sport. It is their job to maintain an appropriate quality playing surface which reflects the carrying capacity of that surface to ensure that a sustainable playing surface is provided. • Health and safety legislation and regulations. • The identification and correct application of materials, tools, equipment and machinery used in maintenance and renovation activities. • Identification and understanding of different grasses, soil types, weeds, pests, diseases, turf disorders, artificial surfacing material, underlays, infill material, turf and soil reinforcement material, line marking materials. • The principles of photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration in the growth and development of plants. • The impact of weather, ground conditions and usage on pitch quality and playing quality. • Performance Quality Standards for a range of different sports turf surfaces. • How to minimise waste and reduce environmental impacts. • How to monitor, record and report basic grounds maintenance findings.

How will I be taught?

You will receive tutoring in many ways and will consist of, theory sessions with presentations, discussion, debates and visiting speakers. Also experiential learning and hands on practical practices will make up you learning experience.

How will I be assessed?

The Final Assessment will contain two components – all components must be at least passed for the apprentice to be deemed competent. 1. A synoptic knowledge assessment to consist of two papers: one multiple-choice and one structured questions (written-answer) to assess across the range of knowledge and behaviour requirements of the apprenticeship. 2. A synoptic practical assessment assessed by an independent assessor (Independent Assessment Organisation) that requires the candidate to complete a number of core practical activities, in controlled conditions, which enable demonstration across all the main skills and behaviours identified in the standard.

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