Advanced Certificate in Golf Coaching

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.

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The next start date for this programme is September 2017 and applications will open in September 2016. In the meantime please register your interest in the programme by emailing the programme team as pgt-ses@contacts.bham.ac.uk

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 2015-16 these weeks are as follows:

  • Monday 14th – Tuesday 15th September 2015
  • Monday 14th – Tuesday 15th December 2015
  • Friday 8th April 2016 

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.

 

The modules listed on our website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Fees and funding

The next start date for this programme is September 2017 and applications will open in September 2016. In the meantime please register your interest in the programme by emailing the programme team as pgt-ses@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Fee for home/EU 2016

Code 9133 AdCert £TBC - Please contact the school

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

See also the general part-time fee information.

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.

Coaching:
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.

Academic:
(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
or
(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.
or
(iii) Attainment of the FdA or FdSc Professional Golf awarded by the University

Learn more about entry requirements


Additional information:

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 2015-16 these weeks are as follows:

  • Monday 14th – Tuesday 15th September 2015
  • Monday 14th – Tuesday 15th December 2015
  • Friday 8th April 2016 

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.

International students:

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

Standard English language requirements apply 

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, www.pganationaltrainingacademy.org.uk

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.  

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