Advanced Certificate in Golf Coaching

Applied Golf Management Studies

This programme is a unique development in the field of golf coaching in seeks to develop you into a high quality coach through learning in a research led environment. Taking the programme will develop your skills and understanding of new developments and theory in coaching and its allied areas and to integrate this knowledge into your own personal practice.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Continuing professional development, taught

Study Options: Part time

Duration: Due to the requirement that students are active coaches study is only available part-time with the programme taking a minimum of one year to complete.

Start date: September


This programme is a unique development in the field of golf coaching in seeks to develop you into a high quality coach through learning in a research led environment. Taking the programme will develop your skills and understanding of new developments and theory in coaching and its allied areas and to integrate this knowledge into your own personal practice. 

Breakdown of course

The programme consists of 3 taught modules that are taken part-time over one year. The modules are briefly outlined below.

For the academic year 2014-15 these weeks are as follows:

  • Wednesday 17th – Saturday 20th September 2014 (including induction)
  • Thursday 11th – Saturday 13th December 2014
  • Friday 27th – Saturday 28th March 2015

Research Methods and Skills in Sport Coaching
The module will examine different research traditions and provide students with an opportunity to critique existing empirical material. Students will explore key theoretical issues such as interview techniques; designing of quantitative questionnaires; data analysis (both quantitative and qualitative) and the development and completion of ethics forms. Students will also examine the process of data collection; management; interpretation; analysis and presentation through the use of case studies.

Advanced Coaching Theory
In this module students will examine the principles of the reflective practice in coaching and how reflection can take on different forms. Students will be required to reflect upon their own coaching practice and this process will be used to critique the role of pedagogy in coaching practice. The module will introduce students to the holistic nature of coaching. Students will also explore the notion of expertise in coaching and how expertise in developed in both coaching and other domains.

Integrated Coaching
This module introduces students to the concept of player and participant development from a multi-disciplinary standpoint (a bio-psycho-social approach). It analyses and evaluates the role of sports science within coaching and will critique existing models of player development. Students will be expected to critique the current theory and consider their own personal practice in this regard.

Students will engage with the multi-disciplinary nature of coaching and performance and will use player to data to produce an applied development strategy using case studies designed to develop an understanding of the difficulties involved in player development.

Fees and funding

Fee for home/EU 2014-2015

Code 9133 AdCert £1,990

Please read the FAQs - Advanced Certificate in Golf Coaching Fee Info (PDF)

See also the general part-time fee information.

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International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

Entry requirements

This programme is open only to students who are recognised golf professionals by a Professional Golfers’ Association which itself is recognised by the PGA World Alliance.

All students will be required to be qualified coaches with an award recognised by their national governing body, normally at Level 2 of the UKCC or its equivalent. Students will also be expected to regularly coach an average of 3 hours per week whilst on the programme.

(i) Attainment of a good Honours degree (normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree) awarded by an approved University in an appropriate subject, or the equivalent thereof
(ii) Attainment of an alternative qualification or qualifications and/or evidence of experience judged by the School as indicating a student’s potential for study and as satisfactory for the purpose of entry to a taught degree programme. This may include the requirement to produce a written piece of work and attendance at interview.
(iii) Attainment of the FdA Professional Golf awarded by the University

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International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements 

Standard English language requirements apply 

Additional information:

Students will be required to attend for 3-4 short teaching blocks. For the academic year 2013-14 these weeks are as follows: 

  • Wednesday 18th – Saturday 21st September 2013 (including induction) 
  • Thursday 12th – Saturday 14th December 2013 
  • Friday 28th – Saturday 29th March 2014

When attending the taught sessions on the University’s Edgbaston campus, students will be required to book and pay for their own food and accommodation. A list of accommodation is available from the programme administrators.

How to apply

Please note:  deadline for 2013 entry is 31st August 2013.

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Learning and teaching

On this distance learning programme you will learn through an innovative blended delivery using both high quality online resources complemented with face to face discussion time with academics and leaders in the programme fields. You will be encouraged to develop your use of theory in practice, and to reflect upon your own personal coaching philosophy and development in light of new knowledge.

Information for PGA Professionals

The PGA, on behalf of the sport of golf, leads on the development of coach education and training. A full review of the existing coach education structure, following guidance from the quality standards of the UK Coaching Certificate, has lead to the establishment of a new, coach-centred education system that meets the needs of coaches and, ultimately, players.
This exciting and innovative pathway begins with the Level 1 and 2 coaching qualifications; progresses through the Foundation Degree in Professional Golf or the Applied Golf Management Studies Degree towards the PGA Level 3 qualification (incorporating the Advanced Certificate in Golf Coaching); leading through the Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching to the Level 4 qualification; with the potential to culminate in a full Masters Degree in coaching following completion of a relevant thesis.

New Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Golf - pathway and content details

The Advanced Certificate in Golf Coaching provides the under-pinning knowledge for the new Level 3 qualification, available from September 2011. For full details of the new Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Golf, the pathway towards this qualification, how existing PGA Members can access the qualifications and information on how, and where, the new qualification will be delivered, see the PGA Member Education website,


Career opportunities

The distinctiveness and knowledge of the coaches graduating from the qualification will place them in the position to be a high performing coach in performance and participatory settings.