Level 3 in Sports Turf Management (part-time)

This two year part-time City & Guilds Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Work-based Horticulture course develops the practical skills and underpinning knowledge related to working in the sports turf sector. It is specifically aimed at people employed in maintaining sports turf and is ideal for those who have already completed a Level 2 qualification in sports turf and wish to further develop their career. On completion of this course, students receive a Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Horticulture.

Course content

The main areas of study are:

  • Investigative project
  • Irrigation and soil drainage
  • Machinery operations
  • Management of golf surfaces or winter games surfaces
  • Plant and soil science (core subject)
  • Sports turf construction

Progression opportunities and career destinations

This course may provide students with an opportunity to progress onto a Foundation Degree programme where a specific sports turf pathway is offered.

Entry Requirements

Normally applicants must be working within the sports turf sector for a minimum of one day a week and have a Level 2 qualification in sports turf or an equivalent qualification and GCSE Grade C in English and Mathematics or equivalent.


Normally four GCSE passes at Grade C or above including English and Mathematics. Applicants must also demonstrate that they have a minimum of 40 hours work experience in horticulture, which can be acquired prior to leaving school.


Applicants who can demonstrate significant relevant industry experience will also be considered. These applicants may be required to submit work-based evidence and undertake written assessments and/or practical competence tests as part of the assessment.

Key staff

Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell

Senior Lecturer Work-based and Apprenticeship Programmes (Horticulture)Horticulture,
Greenmount Campus