Golf Greenkeeper Apprenticeship Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This greenkeeping apprenticeship is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to operate at an advanced level where supervisory and/or specialist technical and agronomic skills are required.

Upon completion you will have the necessary skills to supervise the greenkeeping team and the maintenance of the golf course, in the absence of the Head Greenkeeper or Golf Course Manager. You will be able to assist in the planning, supervision and implementation of the maintenance, care and overall appearance of a golf course in line with your employer’s requirements.

This apprenticeship is recognised by the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA), the Professional Body for Greenkeepers.

This apprenticeship includes achieving the Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Pesticides (PA1) along with either PA2 (Boom Sprayer) OR PA6 (Hand Held Applicators). You will also achieve a Level 2 qualfication in maths and English if you have not already undertaken this.

You will develop knowledge, skills and behaviours in the following areas:

  • Health and safety
  • Personal and professional development
  • Effective communication in the workplace
  • Supervision of staff
  • Advanced golf course preparation and maintenance
  • Construction of golf course features
  • Supervision of the use and maintenance of equipment and machines
  • Integrated pest control management
  • Environmental management
  • Finance and project management

Assessment Methods

  • Workshops and/or one to one sessions
  • E-portfolio
  • Written questions
  • Skills journals
  • Employer feedback
  • End-point assessment (professional discussion, practical task and written exam)

Progression Options

  • Golf Course Manager apprenticeship
  • Senior positions within a golf club
  • Employment in other sports facilties including grounds maintenance
  • Specialist employment including irrigation, spray or machinery technician

Course Summary

Course Title Golf Greenkeeper Apprenticeship Level 3
Entry Requirements


  • Level 2 qualification in greenkeeping or sports turf; or significant
    industry experience

  • Level 4 (C) in maths and English or Level 2 Functional Skills in English
    and Maths; or be willing to undertake during the apprenticeship

  • Intial assessment in Maths and English at Level 1

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Spotlight

Once I complete my course, my dream is to work for The National Trust or travel and find employment in gardens abroad. The course has helped me see all the opportunities available to me, so I feel confident my future looks bright.

India Moule

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