Level 2 in Sports Turf-Greenkeeper

This City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture course provides valuable in-service training for those already employed or self-employed in the sports turf sector. It is primarily designed for those who are already working as trainee and assistant greenkeepers or grounds persons. Students attend college on a day-release basis over two years.

Course content

The main areas of study are:

  • Effective working relationships
  • Health and safety
  • Maintain the health and condition of sports turf surfaces
  • Personal development
  • Repair of sports turf surfaces
  • Site preparation, seeding and planting
  • Tractor operation
  • Use of machinery and equipment

Students attend college one day per week from late September for 12-18 months to develop their knowledge, understanding and competence levels. Candidates must develop their skills in the workplace, gather supportive evidence for assessment of practical skills and complete a personal portfolio.

Progression opportunities and career destinations

This course may provide students with an opportunity to progress onto the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Horticulture (Sports Turf Management). The Level 2 qualification produces skilled operatives who can quickly become key workers within the grounds care and sportsturf sectors. This qualification may allow students to obtain better rates of pay, permanent positions or alternative job roles within the industry.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be employed or self employed in a relevant job within the sports turf sector for at least 21 hours per week and should normally have two Grade Cs or three Grade Ds at GCSE including English and Mathematics.

Students who have not attained a Grade C or above in English and Mathematics at GCSE or equivalent, will complete Essential Skills in Numeracy and Literacy as part of their programme of study.

Key staff

Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell

Senior Lecturer (Horticulture)Horticulture,
Greenmount Campus

paul.campbell@daera-ni.gov.uk