Level 3 GMA Technical Award 5 in Turf Surface Management

What is involved in studying for these qualifications?
There are 5 Awards which can be taken alone or gradually built-up to make the Level 3 Technical Diploma in Turf Surface Management qualification.

The 5 Awards consist of the following modules from the full diploma:

Award 1: Turf nutrition, soil science, construction and drainage techniques
(The estimated study is 40 hours)

Award 2: Plant science & turf grasses
(The estimated study is 30 hours)

Award 3: Integrated pest management & water management
(The estimated study is 30 hours)

Award 4: Turf standards & work programming and resource profiling
(The estimated study is 40 hours)

Award 5: Non-turf surfaces & health and safety management
(The estimated study is 40 hours)

Each Award course lasts a maximum of 4-months from the date of enrolment. Candidates are able to enrol on to another of these courses, for additional fees, if they do not complete the course within the required time scale.

Why should I enrol for these qualifications?
These qualifications are ideal for someone wishing to develop specific areas of their knowledge and understanding.  They are also ideal for those workers who have not studied for many years and who wish to re-engage with a formal educational learning experience but who do not wish to attend a college course, or who do not want to create a portfolio of evidence. There is no practical work within this qualification.

What are the entry requirements?
Candidates should have a minimum of one year’s experience, but preferably a minimum of two years. It would also be beneficial, but not essential, to hold a relevant Level 2 qualification; with a keen interest in turf management.

What is the cost of each qualification?
This depends upon whether a candidate wishes to study the course just to gain a better understanding of the subject matter but without sitting a formal examination, or whether they wish to sit an examination to achieve the qualification.  If candidates do not wish to sit an examination they will be issued with a ‘Certificate of Course Completion’ after they have verified they have studied the course in accordance with the course requirements. See our web site for latest costs.

How can they be studied?
Each course will be through distance / home study learning, with tutor support by email. A detailed syllabus and course study plan is provided (no text books are provided for the Technical Awards) along with specific web links which signpost relevant learning material. We are aiming to create learning material so each course can also be studied online.

How is the qualification assessed?
Each qualification (i.e. Award) is assessed by sitting one 60-minute written examination paper; There are 3 assessment periods throughout the year: February, June and November.

Should your studies overrun the prearranged time period given, you can pay £90/£180 for a further 3/6 months support, for every 3/6 months your studies overrun. Should you choose not to pay the short term extension fees, GMA support for your studies will cease.

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