Professional Golf PGA DipHE

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What is special about this course?

The DipHE Professional Golf, unique in Scotland, is a result of a partnership between the university and The Professional Golfers’ Association (The PGA). The 3-year, structured part-time Diploma in Higher Education is aimed at those currently employed, or seeking employment, as PGA trainees working full-time at golf facilities across Scotland. The programme is recognised by The PGA and graduates gain membership of The PGA (subject to application).   

The DipHE will incorporate themes relevant to the varied demands of the golf industry and address issues faced by professional golfers and coaches. These themes will develop from year one and encompass individual and group coaching, equipment technology, sports science and business elements. The work-based component of the programme is key as it allows you to apply your learning to your own employment circumstances and also provides you with access to a PGA qualified employer who can support your learning.

Special features

  • Graduates can gain PGA membership.
  • You will access dedicated specialist teaching facilities and equipment during annual residential components where you will integrate with PGA trainees from across the country.
  • Benefit from PGA tutors, mentors, markers and examiners.
  • Get the opportunity to improve and develop personal golf-related skills and performance.
  • Work in industry and complete academic award during off-season with opportunities to meet and learn with peers and experts in residential teaching and assessment periods.
  • Undertake Level 1 and 2 UKCC Coaching Qualification as part of the programme and training. 

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above 
  • Alternatively consideration will be given to applicants with four National 5 awards or equivalent (including English and Maths)
  • Applicants must be working in the golf industry under a PGA Professional
  • Applicants must provide evidence of a current golf handicap of 4.4 or better for men and 6.4 or better for ladies.

Year 1 - DipHE

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
  • Preparing for Work Based and Placement Learning

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
  • Golf Equipment and Analysis
  • Retailing

Year 3 - DipHE

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

  • Design, Manage and Evaluate Human Performance
  • Small Business Planning Strength and Conditioning
  • Work Placement: Industry Specific Skills

How will I study my course?

Part Time (Structured)

You will study through a combination of face-to-face, video conference, online, workshop and practical approaches to support your work-based learning. This study method takes account of the demands and expectations of your job, online learning materials will be delivered through the university virtual learning environment (VLE). E-lessons, lectures, activities and assessments have been designed and developed in each subject area. These are interactive, visually stimulating and engage the learner.

You will be required to attend residential components each year. At these events students will engage in face-to-face workshops and lectures at The Belfry (The PGA National Training Academy), as well as some practical assessments alongside other PGA trainees. The cost of the residential elements are funded by the student and are not part of the teaching fees or academic funding available to students.

How long will my course last?

Part time (structured): 3 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date



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:

Part-time (80 credit modules) per year £1,250 £1,250
Additional fees:    
Residential per year £600 paid directly to the PGA £600 paid directly to the PGA
Playing Ability Test (PAT)* - if required.      £55 per attempt £55 per attempt

You will also be required to pay annual PGA membership fees**.

If you do not have a term-time address in Scotland you will pay the fee detailed below for the rest of the UK students.

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:

Part-time (80 credit modules) per year £3,400 tbc
Additional fees:    
Residential per year £600 paid directly to the PGA £600 paid directly to the PGA
Playing Ability Test (PAT)* - if required.      £55 per attempt £55 per attempt

You will also be required to pay annual PGA membership fees**.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union the following fees apply:

Part-time (80 credit modules) per year £4,400 tbc
Additional fees:    
Residential per year £600 paid directly to the PGA £600 paid directly to the PGA
Playing Ability Test (PAT)* - if required.      £55 per attempt £55 per attempt

You will also be required to pay annual PGA membership fees**.

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

* Playing Ability Test (PAT).  You should have maintained a handicap of 4.4(males) or 6.4 (females). If you have not maintained this level, you will have to take a Playing Ability Test (PAT).  Applicants applying with 3(M)/5(F) handicap or better will not have to take a PAT. 

**Assistant Professionals will be required to pay annual PGA membership fees of approximately £205.00 (VAT not applicable). Please note the Board of Directors annually reviews subscription fees and this figure is based on the current rate (January 2018).

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.


If you live in Scotland and you have an individual income of £25,000 per year or less, you may be eligible for a part-time fee grant. Further information on eligibility and how to apply is available from the Scottish Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

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?

Graduates from the DipHE can continue to honours degree level study on the university's full-time BA (Hons) Professional Golf.

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Apply for Professional Golf PGA DipHE

If you are interested in this course please register with the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA).

If you would like more information, please email PGA

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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