Professional Golf BA (Hons)

UCAS code C690
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

This degree, unique in Scotland, is part of a partnership between the university and the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). Based in Dornoch, close to the world-renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Club, the BA (Hons) Professional Golf is aimed at those aspiring to a career in the golf industry and offers the opportunity to work in various roles, with a particular focus on coaching and performance.

This degree is recognised by the PGA and graduates gain membership of the PGA (subject to application).

Golf in Scotland is now a £1 billion industry, directly contributing £496 million to Scotland’s gross domestic product (GDP) annually and supporting the employment of over 20,000 people. This degree will incorporate themes relevant to the varied demands of the industry and, in particular, those met by professional coaches. These themes will develop from year one, through to the Honours year and encompass coaching, equipment technology, sports science and business.

You will work alongside our BA (Hons) Golf Management students.

Special features

The course is unique due to its proximity and close working relationship with Royal Dornoch Golf Club, rated Number 6 in the world in 2014 by Golf World.  The club are also supportive of the student’s development across areas such as coaching opportunities, hosting golf events and providing placement opportunities.

  • Graduates can gain PGA membership (subject to application)
  • You will study in a unique location – playing opportunities include Royal Dornoch Golf Club.
  • You will access dedicated specialist teaching facilities and equipment on site.
  • Benefit from PGA qualified and golf business teaching staff.
  • Get the opportunity to improve and develop personal golf-related skills and performance.
  • Participate in professional industry-based placements on an annual basis.
  • You will become a member of the UHI Golf Club (UHIGC) currently hosted by Royal Dornoch Golf Club and an SGU affiliated golf club.
  • Be involved in events throughout the academic year with the UHI golf team in British Universities and College Sports (BUCS) and Scottish Student Sport (SSS).
  • Have institutional support for applications for individual R&A bursaries which financially support elite golfers in tertiary education.
  • Volunteer coaching in the Highland region is also well established and there is an excellent and supportive working relationship with Clubgolf and their Regional Manager, as well as with local schools and clubs.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above.
  • There is also a current golf handicap requirement of 4.4 or lower for men, and 6.4 or lower for ladies.

You may be able to enter year two of the degree if you have an HNC in a relevant subject, or year three if you have an HND in a relevant subject.

Applicants with other qualifications and/or relevant experience are welcomed and will be considered on an individual basis.

Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course.

 

Year 1 - CertHE

First year will introduce you to general concepts in the golf industry and professional sport. Core modules are:

  • Activity Performance and Skill Acquisition
  • Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Equipment Technology for Golf
  • Sport Coaching and Leadership: An Introduction
  • Sport and Exercise Science: An Introduction
  • Work Placement 1: Carrying out a practical work placement over the summer season at a range of golf facilities.

Year 2 - DipHE

You will continue to build on and develop the concepts from year one and begin to evaluate their application in practice. New topics will also be introduced. Core modules are:

  • Applied Coaching and Leadership 
  • Event Planning and Organisation
  • Golf Equipment and Analysis 
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology: An Introduction
  • Retailing
  • Work Placement 2: Carrying out a practical work placement over the summer season at a range of golf facilities.

Year 3 - BA

In third year, academic skills will be further developed alongside their practical and industry-specific skill sets. Core modules are:

  • Design, Manage and Evaluate Human Performance
  • Developing Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Research Skills
  • Small Business Planning Strength and Conditioning
  • Sports Science: A Critical Analysis
  • Work Placement 3: Carrying out a practical work placement over the summer season at a range of golf facilities.

 

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

The Honours year is used to deepen your understanding and consolidate the themes carried throughout the programme.  Core modules are:

  • Dissertation (double credit module)
  • Niche Professional: A Business Analysis
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Work Placement 4: Carrying out a practical work placement over the summer season at a range of golf facilities.

Optional modules include:

  • Advanced Coaching Applications
  • Ethics and Law in Sport

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part time (unstructured)           

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face tutorials and lectures, enhanced by field trips, practical tuition, video conferencing and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE).

This is enhanced by guest lectures from leading industry figures, regular practical sessions utilising state-of-the-art coaching and analysis equipment, on-site tuition, and assisting in coaching at various schools and golf clubs.

Alternatively the new DipHE Professional Golf progamme is a distance learning, 3 year part-time programme that can be studied while working at a golf facility in Scotland.

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 4 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date

September 

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees 2016-17
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year
£1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Level 2016-17
    Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £8,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free**

*4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,340 (2016-17)

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

 

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2016-17
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,000
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,040
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,680

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in the golf industry and beyond. Opportunities may include:

  • PGA Professional
  • Golf coaching and development
  • Golf facility operations
  • Golf education
  • Sports science
  • Sports retail
  • Events management and operations

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress to postgraduate business and management courses within the UHI Management School. These courses are designed for working professionals who want to take their career to the next step so you must be in employment. 

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

What our students, graduates and staff say:

As the General Manager at Royal Dornoch, I am excited to see the university expand the courses on offer which will give many more young people interested in golf the opportunity to make the game their career whether playing, coaching, retailing or administering. We want Royal Dornoch to be a big part of this and encouraging them to enjoy playing golf at Royal Dornoch while studying will help send the best educated and equipped graduates into the market place.” Neil Hampton, General Manager, Royal Dornoch Golf Club.

Apply for Professional Golf BA (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

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