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Course summary

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.


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 method

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.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements


HNC Professional Golf applicants are required to be working towards a handicap of 6.4 or better

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6Achieving at least 5.0 in each component

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1285 Year 1
England £7000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7000 Year 1
Wales £7000 Year 1
Channel Islands £7000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7000 Year 1
EU £16000 Year 1
International £16000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Scottish students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
Professional Golf at SRUC Scotland's Rural College - UCAS