SVQ Sports Turf: Greenkeeping SCQF level 5

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Sports Turf: Greenkeeping at SCQF level 5 allows learners to demonstrate competence in their particular area of work. It covers areas such as: maintaining the health and condition of sports turf; renovating and repairing sports turf surfaces; establishing crops or plants; preparing and using equipment and machinery; preparing and operating a tractor with attachments; monitoring and maintaining health, safety and security; working relationships; and improving performance in a business environment.

Designed in partnership with the Sector Skills Council Lantra, this SVQ gives learners an internationally-recognised qualification that guarantees they have the skills, knowledge and abilities to carry out their role successfully.

The SVQ Sports Turf: Greenkeeping at SCQF level 5 is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

Upon successful completion, learners will gain an international recognised qualification which guarantees that they have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out their role successfully.  Employers will also benefit from their employees being proficient.

As assessment is carried out in the workplace this minimises any time learners would need to be away from their work.

Candidates can progress to a range of qualifications including HNC Golf Course Management or SVQ Sports Turf at SCQF Level 6.

The SVQ can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • open and distance learning

The achievement of other qualifications such as NC Horticulture can contribute towards the successful completion of this award.

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • learners who may have just left school
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • employees who wish to obtain short, continuing professional development courses


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Candidates should be in a job or placement where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which allow then to gather the required evidence.

No prior qualifications or knowledge are required to undertake this qualification.


The level 5 award could provide progression to:

  • an HNC/HND in Golf Course Management or a related area
  • an SVQ in Sports Turf at SCQF level 6
  • degree level study at a higher education institution
  • employment in the golf sector, perhaps as a greenkeeper.


Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority require to come forward for approval and should contact SQA's Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

How to assess

For general information on how to assess this qualification, please refer to the document Guidance on how to assess SVQs. For detailed guidance on how to assess this particular SVQ, please refer to the Assessment Strategy. 

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Qualification Structure

Group Award Code: GR6T 22

The SVQ Sports Turf: Greenkeeping at SCQF level 5 consists of eight mandatory units and three optional units.

For details of the units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure (78 KB).

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Unit Search.

Core Skills signposting

Core Skill mappings are carried out by the SSC responsible for the development of an SVQ. It is a requirement of SQA Accreditation that every SVQ submission includes information on where possible opportunities for candidates to develop Core Skills exist across the mandatory units.

Centres should note that mappings are not audited or validated against the Core Skills framework/units so are not accepted by SQA awarding body as evidence towards achievement of the Core Skills units.

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ is a mandatory component in the SCQF Level 5 Modern Apprenticeship.

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship: GN0T 46 SQA Award in Emergency First Aid at Work at SCQF Level 6

Unit Title SCQF 4
Core Skills: Communication F426 04
Core Skills: Numeracy F42A 04
Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology F42E 04
Core Skills: Problem Solving F42J 04
Core Skills: Working with Others F42N 04

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