Academic and Vocational Skills
Working in industry will require sportsturf professionals to develop a range of practical and professional skills. This module provides you with first-hand work related experience of a range of practical and technical skills as well as developing your ability to present information in a suitable academic and professional style. You will be encouraged to evaluate and reflect on your own personal development throughout the module. The module will provide the foundation for further development of individual skills through independent study in the ‘Industry Project’ module.
Key areas of management activity such as human resource management, leadership, marketing and finance are covered in this module to allow you to develop further knowledge and skills to improve future employability in land based industries.
Essential Plant and Soil Science
Plants and soils have a very close relationship. This module will look at the biochemistry and physiology of plants and how these are affected by the plants environment. You will consider the characteristics of the soil environment and how these impact on plant growth and land use. The mechanisms by which plants can express the genetic information coded in their DNA and pass this on to the next generation will also be explained.
Exploring the relationships between labour and mechanisation in sportsturf management, this module allows you to evaluate machinery and energy sources, and appraise optimum utilisation of power and equipment.
Turfgrass Establishment and Management (Double module)
This module will provide you with the fundamental principles for the establishment and management of natural turf surfaces used for a variety of sporting and recreational purposes. It covers all necessary cultural practices for turf maintenance including establishment together with identification of grasses, pest’s diseases and weeds.
Environmental Plant Physiology
This module builds upon the knowledge of plants gained in previous plant science modules. It aims to extend your understanding of how plants interact with their environment and relate this to the management practices employed in industry. It will also consider how plant physiology is influenced by changes in environmental conditions, such as those associated with climate change, and how changes in a plant’s environment lead to changes and adaptations to plant processes that allow them to survive in a range of different environments.
Groundsmanship and Greenkeeping (Double module)
In this module, you will study the design and management of a range of sporting surfaces including golf, winter games pitches, cricket, tennis, bowls and horseracing. You will discuss the principles of design and layout for golf courses and sports grounds together with particular sporting requirements for set-up and play. Playing surface standards and performance will be reviewed and analysed using a range of testing procedures and equipment. The management of out of play areas including conservation is also discussed. The module also covers the design and management of non-turf surfaces used for sport.
You will use the skills developed in earlier modules to identify a suitable industry related project. Through planning, executing and then reporting on the project outcomes, you will be encouraged to use the industry project to develop your own personal skills as well as professional working relationships with industry contacts. Theories and skills of project management will be developed through supporting lectures.
Experimental design and data analysis are core themes in this module. It will introduce concepts of statistical testing and further develop skills in presenting and interpreting results of scientific investigations. The module will give students vital skills in formulating research questions and designing an effective experiment.
Sports Surface Construction, Drainage and Irrigation Design
Different construction and drainage systems, their related benefits and disadvantages and the management of sports surface drainage will be discussed here. You will explore the design concepts between the range of sportsturf and golf construction and drainage systems currently available. The design and installation of irrigation systems for a range of sports turf surfaces is also covered.
- Entry requirements
- Learning and assessment
- Professional accreditations
- Special requirements
5 GCSE passes at Grade C (4) or above (including Maths and English or equivalent)
Plus 48 UCAS Tariff points from one or more of the following:
• 2 A-levels (A2), at least one at C or above
• BTEC/C&G Level 3
• 2 Scottish Highers at C or above
• 3 Irish Highers at C or above
• International Baccalaureate at 24 points
• NVQ Level 3 in a relevant discipline
AS levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and Scottish Intermediate 2s may be used to contribute to entry requirements but they are not sufficient for entry on their own. Alternative equivalent qualifications will also be considered positively.
Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) for certain modules will be considered on an individual basis.
Applicants for whom English is a second language must be able to demonstrate proof of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 6.0 (with no component score lower than 5.5) or equivalent.
All offers may be subject to successful interview
Learning and assessment
Students will face a variety of assessments including a combination of coursework and unseen examinations. The coursework assessment methods will include technical reports, portfolios, group and individual presentations, laboratory/practical reports and extended project work. The students may be required to produce work in a range of formats, such as the production of leaflets or research posters.
Learning activities on the course are diverse, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and workshops.
Students are expected to undertake extensive independent study and research to support lectures, seminars and assessments. Group work and group presentations form an important part of the course. Students will have access to specialist IT hardware and software, an on-line learning environment and reference facility.
The Department has a close working relationship with a large number of industry bodies and sports clubs and so teaching is supported with a range of guest speakers, visits to top class sporting venues and trade shows. We are supported by Ransomes Jacobsen Ltd, Bernard Grinders and Co and Kubota UK. The course is accredited by the Institute of Groundsmanship.
There will be the opportunity to apply to become an R&A scholar and receive a bursary and support from the R&A. Currently 30% of our students receive an R&A Scholarship.
The course utilises the College sports facilities: 9 hole golf course, winter games pitches warm up areas and full size third generation artificial football pitch for teaching, practical activities and scenario based exercises.
What work experience can I get?
There is also the option to intercalate and take a gap year to work in the industry anywhere in the world. This enables students to gain experience in a real working environment as well as increasing employment prospects. Students can undertake periods of industry experience at a range of prestigious golf clubs and sports grounds, e.g. St Andrews, Wimbledon AELTC, Queenwood Golf Course, The Belfry.
There is no formal work placement on this course. The Academic and Vocational Skills and Industry Project modules will utilise both on and off site working environments to provide the opportunity for students to develop real practical and technical skills and help prepare them for employment in their chosen subject area.
On successful completion of the course, students may apply for BSc (Hons) Sportsturf Science and Management in one further year of study.
Examples of possible careers included:
Golf Course Manager
Local Authority Grounds Manager
Industry Sales & Marketing Professional
This course is fully endorsed by the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) and recognised as the qualification of choice for those seeking careers within the sportsturf industry such as Grounds and Stadium Managers.
Myerscough College is a Golf Course Training Committee (GTC) approved centre and has a close working relationship with the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA).
Additional costs for items that are essential for the course:
· Laboratory coat - £10
Additional costs for opportunities and items that are optional for the course include:
· Waterproofs and safety boots - £80
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