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Foundation Degree (FdSc) Sports Surface Management 2017 Entry UCAS Code: K300*


This blended learning programme combines face to face learning with online study.


This course provides vocationally-based study to train first-line managers for the sports surface industry. It aims to meet the staff shortages in the industry and provides a good balance of modules which give students a practical and scientific background to manage turfgrass and to provide the best possible playing surfaces.

Modules of Study Include:

Year 1
• Academic Skills
• Industry Skills
• Plant and Soil Science
• Design and Construction of Sites
• Mechanisation Management
• Turfgrass Science

Year 2
• Introduction to Business
• Sports Surface Playability and Performance
• Academic Development
• Irrigation and Drainage
• Personal Research Project

Year 3
• Professional Development
• Facility and Event Management
• Project and Contract Management
• Integrated Pest Management
• Personal Research Project
• Business Enterprise

*subject to revalidation

Entry Requirements

For admission to Foundation Degree courses (except Veterinary Nursing), students must have achieved  a grade C or above in a minimum of five GCSE subjects including English, Mathematics and Science or have passed suitable equivalents.  In addition, for admission onto FdSc programmes, students must have achieved a pass grade in a minimum of one ‘A2’ level subject (or equivalent) or have successfully completed an Extended/ National Diploma in a relevant subject area. Using the UCAS tariff system, a typical offer for admission to the FdSc would be a minimum 48 UCAS points*.

Some students will be invited to attend an interview at Askham Bryan College and places will be subject to a satisfactory reference. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

*In line with the new UCAS tariff system for more information please visit

Further Study

The one year top up route to the BSc/BSc (Hons) Degree in Applied Horticulture and concentrating your studies on sports surface case studies for the assessments.

Newton Rigg College,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400