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SRUC Scotland's Rural College

Professional Golf

UCAS Code: 4K53

Higher National Diploma - HND

Entry requirements


A level

D,E

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants should be able to offer National 5 (A-C) or equivalent pass in English (for literacy) and Maths (for numeracy)

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H4,H4

Scottish Higher

C,C

UCAS Tariff

40-42

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Sports management

The Higher National Diploma in Professional Golf is delivered from our Elmwood Campus that boasts its own 18 hole parkland golf course, full driving range with indoor and outdoor bays, analysis suite, short-game area and practice green. The golf course itself is now over 20 years old and the clubhouse is home to two golfing societies. Located in North East Fife just a short drive from St Andrews means it is the ideal location to study for a career in the golf industry.

The HND Professional Golf programme aims to develop the key skills and competencies needed for employment in the industry or progression to degree level study.

You will study coaching theories and practices as well as the scientific principles of skill acquisition and fitness conditioning for golf. You will gain the skills and knowledge to work with advanced golfers learning how to develop performance in more demanding competitive situations.

This will be underpinned by knowledge of business operations and the importance of fostering a strong customer focus along with accurate financial accounting. Your learning will foster the development or strong academic skills facilitating progression to higher level study.

Graduates from the HND have progressed to universities in Scotland and the United States or have pursued careers as teaching professionals, retail, club-fitting, tourism, or in management with many of them now working in internationally acclaimed golf clubs and facilities.

Modules

The modules in year 1 of the course develop the basic knowledge and skills required for teaching and coaching in golf including Golf Coaching: An Introduction, Golf Coaching: Intermediate Performance Skills, Principles of Fitness, Anatomy Physiology and First Aid. A better understanding of the golf industry is built through modules including Golf Courses: An Introduction, Golf Operations, Selling Skills and Work Experience. The Graded Unit module in year 1 builds on all of these modules and gives the opportunity to explore the integration of coaching knowledge into a viable business proposal.

Building on the modules delivered in year 1 in year 2 students will develop deeper understanding and practical skills in teaching the game through Golf Coaching: Advanced Performance Skills, Improving Coaching, Sports Mechanics, Psychology of Performance, Developing Potential and Fitness Conditioning. Awareness of the golf industry with a focus on working practices, modules including Event Management, Managing People and Organisations, Golf Operations and Golf Courses: Developing Understanding lay strong foundations for transition into working in golf sector. The Graded Unit modules for the HND build on these modules as well as a Research Investigation module developing skills relevant not only to employment but also progression into higher level study.

Assessment methods

Typically modules will have between 3 and 5 learning outcomes with assessment for some of these outcomes combined. These assessments can take the form of class tests, essays, individual or group projects, practical assessments, portfolios and presentations.

Assessment is driven by the readiness of the student and is continual throughout the academic year as the student progresses through their learning.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£6,950
per year
England
£6,950
per year
EU
£1,285
per year
International
£10,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,950
per year
Scotland
£1,285
per year
Wales
£6,950
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Elmwood

Department:

Sports and Professional Golf

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Business and management

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

67%
UK students
33%
International students
97%
Male students
3%
Female students
26%
2:1 or above
89%
Drop out rate

After graduation


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Tourism, transport and travel

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Leisure and travel services
14%
Sports and fitness occupations
8%
Customer service occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This course sits in a wide group of smaller subjects that don't necessarily have that much in common - so bear this in mind when you look at any employment data. Most graduates took a hospitality, events management or tourism-related course, but there are a group of sports and leisure graduates in here as well who do different things. Events management was the most common job for graduates from this group of subjects, and so it’s no surprise that graduates from specialist events management courses did better last year than many of the other graduates under this subject umbrella - but all did about as well as graduates on average or a little better. If you want to find out more about specific job paths for your chosen subject area, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do, or to have a look at university department websites.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sports management

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

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£21k

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£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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