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This unique degree programme is a partnership between the University and the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). As the only degree of its kind in the world, it gives you the chance of combining a high-level applied theoretical degree with membership of the PGA (subject to application).
The programme is based in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences; however, staff from other key schools are involved in its delivery. Students are taught by specialist staff from disciplines including Metallurgy and Materials, and Physiotherapy. PGA specialist staff also contribute extensively to the delivery of the course.
Across all three years of the degree you cover modules in the areas of applied sports science, materials science, coaching theory and business management delivered by specialist staff from the University and the PGA. You also complete three PGA-assessed vocational placements in a golf environment, which are a requirement for membership of the PGA.
In the first year you adopt a generic approach to sport and golf, including modules on: sports science; equipment and technology; coach education; and business management. During the summer vacation you are also required to complete a placement in collaboration with the PGA.
Year 2 involves modules on: applied sports science, the psychology of golf; equipment technology; financial performance; coaching science; and research methods. During the summer vacation you can also complete a placement in collaboration with the PGA.
The final year of the programme contains modules on: Human Resource Management; advanced psychology; and event management. You will also complete a placement report and a dissertation. For those intending to apply for PGA membership a further placement can take place at the end of the year in collaboration with the PGA.
A key part of this course is the opportunity to spend the summer working with PGA professionals in the golf industry. Students have worked in world renowned golf facilities in Britain and Ireland, such as The Belfry, Gleneagles and the K Club and, increasingly students are working abroad in places like Spain, France, Portugal, Austria, Egypt and the USA , gaining experience and making valuable contacts within the industry. For many students, this has lead directly into employment.
Extra-curricular golfing opportunities
Students on the course have the opportunity to represent the University of Birmingham in both team and individual golf competitions. The university runs five golf teams and has had great success in both the league and knock-out stages of BUCS golf competitions. Students who choose to sign up with the PGA whilst on the degree course also get the chance to compete in PGA Regional Tournaments.
Students can also get involved in volunteer golf coaching through UBSport Golf Volunteerz. This is a student based volunteer team and was initially founded by three University of Birmingham students and has since expanded to a team of 16, with the majority studying AGMS. This team won the University Sports Club of the Year (SCOTY) award 2010 for making an outstanding contribution within their community. This is another opportunity for students to promote the game of golf, make useful contacts in the industry and increase their future employment prospects.
Standard fees apply
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The University of Birmingham Undergraduate Research Experience scheme offers financial support for undergraduates to undertake work experience or a research placement in the summer vacation. The scheme is open to all first-, second- and penultimate-year undergraduate students. It is also open to final-year undergraduate students who are in the process of applying for, or who have already applied for, a place on a postgraduate programme at the University of Birmingham for the current academic year.
Number of A levels required: 3
Typical offer: AAB
Required subjects and grades: Normally at least two of the following at A2 level (or equivalent): PE or Sports Studies/Science; Business Studies or Economics; Design and Technology or Mathematics; a science (eg, Physics, Biology or Psychology). GCSE: Science at grade C is preferred.
General Studies: not accepted, but a good performance may be taken into account if you fail to meet the conditions of the offer
Applicants need to meet a golf handicap as stipulated by the PGA (before A level results) in the year of application. Currently these are 4.4 or better for men and 6.4 or better for women
Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements
Satisfactory completion of a Disclosure and Barring Service check (previously the Criminal Records Bureau check) is required from accepted candidates before registration for the programme.
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 34-36 points
Standard English language requirements apply
Learn more about international entry requirements
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in the Birmingham Foundation Academy, a specially structured programme for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on the foundation academy web pages.
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