SQA Advanced Certificate in Golf Course Management

SQA Advanced Certificate in Golf Course Management

SQA Advanced Certificates provide skills and knowledge that meet the needs of employers.

The SQA Advanced Certificate in Golf Course Management (SCQF level 7) develops knowledge and skills in areas such as the history and development of golf, management of turf areas on golf courses, the design and construction of golf course features as well turf grass ecology, managing machinery, and sports turf drainage systems.

The course provides the many and varied competences required for employment in the greenkeeping and wider golf sector. Learners’ technical knowledge of modern greenkeeping practice will be complemented by the knowledge, skills and understanding they will need for the effective administration of human, physical, biological and financial resources in the golf course environment.

This qualification is available through a growing number of colleges and universities around the world. Typically, an SQA Advanced Certificate takes one year to complete.

Why deliver this qualification

SQA Advanced Certificates have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities and industry — so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability.

The unit-based structure supports flexible delivery. A unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

This SQA Advanced Certificate provides progression routes to further study (see Progression).

Who does this qualification suit

The SQA Advanced Certificate in Golf Course Management is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • learners who wish to start their own business

Access

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • appropriate groupings of National Units
  • any two National Qualifications at Higher together with three National 5 passes (or equivalent)
  • an SVQ at Level 2 or 3 in a relevant area such as Amenity Horticulture: Sportsturf
  • a National Certificate in Greenkeeping
  • any comparable qualifications from other awarding bodies including NVQs at level 3 in related areas
  • relevant work experience

Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, vocational qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may also be acceptable.

Progression

Learners who achieve an SQA Advanced Certificate in Golf Course Management can progress to the SQA Advanced Diploma in Golf Management, then possibly to a related degree level course. For further information please refer to SQA’s progression partners.

Offer this qualification

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

Centres without devolved authority must 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

Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for the unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Assessment support packs are available for this qualification.

Qualification structure

SQA Advanced Certificate in Golf Course Management

Group award code: GN24 47 (96 SCQF credit points)

Group award specification

For further information on the structures of this qualification please refer to the group award specification - GN24 47 (827 KB)

Unit specifications