Professional Golf Studies FdSc

Foundation Degrees are equal to the first two years of a full (three year) honours degree. 

The PGA Training Academy is not only proud of its history and traditions but its image, brand and reputation, which reflects a dynamic and forward-thinking organization and makes it a centre of excellence for golf in teaching and learning.

The PGA has been involved in training and educating Golf Professionals for over 50 years and now runs all its programmes from the National Training Academy at The Belfry.

With full-time members of staff, plus tutors, mentors, markers and examiners, most of whom are drawn from the ranks of qualified PGA Professionals, the PGA National Training Academy offers the premier professional golf education programme in the world.

The qualification is further strengthened through links with the University of Birmingham, which awards the Foundation Degree.

Apply through the Professional Golfers’ Association website here.  

A programme delivered by the Professional Golfers’ Association of GB and Ireland (PGA), with the Foundation Degree awarded by the University of Birmingham.

Modules

Year 1

  • Golf Retailing
  • Introduction to Custom Fitting
  • Introduction to Golf Coaching
  • Introduction to Applied Sports Science and Junior Development
  • Selling and Customer Service

 

Year 2

  • Rules of Golf
  • Equipment Technology and Applied Custom Fitting
  • Golf Coaching
  • Business Finance
  • Managing Self
  • Applied Sports Science

 

Year 3

  • Advanced Custom Fitting and Equipment Technology
  • Golf Business Management
  • Applied Golf Coaching and Coach Development
  • Personal and Career Development
  • Application of Sports Science to Golf Coaching

 

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2017. We aim to publish any changes to compulsory modules and programme structure for 2018 entry by 1 September 2017 and recommend you refer back to this page shortly after that date for any changes. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees and funding

Playing Ability Test (PAT) fee (per attempt)   £55.00

The tuition fee for the PGA Training Programme will be £4,000* per academic year for UK/EU entrants and £5,000* for students from the rest of the world.  (Overseas applicants are defined as Non EU citizens and British Nationals working outside the EU for the past 3 years).

(*Fees are subject to inflationary increase in subsequent years in line with UK government policy).

If you are studying for your first higher education course, you do not have to pay for your tuition fees upfront, you can apply for government loan via the relevant Student Loans Company (SLC).  This loan is repaid later, once you have started to work.

To apply log-on to: www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

NB: Overseas and applicants who have already completed a higher education course i.e. BA/BSC will not be eligible to apply for a government student loan. They will have to pay by the other options, listed below.

The University of Birmingham provides a range of other payment options to suit everyone, but an indication of how you intend to pay your tuition fees must be made upon application.  These other options are as follows:

Full payment (up front)

  • On-line using a debit or credit card
  • Cheque or bankers draft
  • Direct bank transfer

Installment plan

  • On-line using a debit or credit card
  • Direct debit payment for each term

To apply log-on to:

www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/fees/pay-tuition/index.aspx

Career Development Loans: Should you not be entitled to a Government Loan you can apply for a Career Development Loan to help you pay for the course.  This is the link for more information:

www.direct.gov.uk/careerdevelopmentloan

In addition to the above Assistant Professionals will be required to pay annual subscription fees of approximately £197.00 (VAT not applicable).  Please note the Board of Directors annually reviews subscription fees and this figure is based on the current rate (January 2017).

All enrolment / subscription fees will be reviewed annually.

Entry requirements

  • Normally be 18 years or older by 30 September of the year you intend to start the programme.
  • Have an email address and internet access.
  • Golf Playing Handicap
    • You should have maintained a handicap of 4.4(M) or 6.4 (F) handicap. If you have not maintained this level, you will have to take a Playing Ability Test (PAT).
    • Applicants applying with 3(M)/5(F) handicap or better will not have to take a PAT.

We will require you to verify your handicap with a current 12 month playing record and signed Congu certificate.

Academic in England and Wales

  • The minimum academic entry criteria is 4 GCSE’s at grades A-C. Maths and English Language, included. Preference will be given to applicants who have achieved 6 GCSE’S at grades A-C or better.

English equivalents or higher that are accepted are:

  • Level 3 Communication will be accepted.
  • Passes at “A” Level (Grade A- D) or higher will naturally be accepted.
  • BTEC First Diploma along with GSCE English & Maths at grades A-C.
  • 14-16 Diploma Higher Award we will accept with GSCE English Language.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Intermediate Diploma we will accept with GCSE English Language
  • The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is the International version of the GCSE this is also acceptable at Grade A-C.
  • Alternatively consideration will be given to applicants with Level 2 in Adult Literacy and/or Numeracy. Functional Skills 2 in Maths and/or English Language.
  • The minimum academic entry criteria is 4 National 5 awards grades A-C or better (including English and Maths).
  • Leaving certificate obtaining a minimum grade at Ordinary Level of D1 in both English and Mathematics plus a minimum grade at Ordinary Level of D1 in 2 other subjects.
  • Passes at higher and honours level will naturally be accepted.
  • Junior Certificate passes at either ordinary or higher level are not accepted.
  • Applicants from outside the UK must have their country’s equivalent.

Academic in Scotland

  • The minimum academic entry criteria is 4 National 5 awards grades A-C or better (including English and Maths).

Academic in Eire

  • Leaving certificate obtaining a minimum grade at Ordinary Level of D1 in both English and Mathematics plus a minimum grade at Ordinary Level of D1 in 2 other subjects.
  • Passes at higher and honours level will naturally be accepted.
  • Junior Certificate passes at either ordinary or higher level are not accepted.

Academic Overseas

  • Applicants from outside the UK must have their country’s equivalent.

A suitable level of written and spoken English must be demonstrated. All overseas students will have to pass their IELTS before they apply.

You may find this link helpful www.ielts-exam.net

Please note that the Applied or Vocational Certificate along with the Intermediate Certificates is NOT accepted.

Additional information:

It should be understood that Foundation Degree Level work is the same as the first 2 years of an honours degree, so there is a need for candidates to posses a good level of English writing ability.

International students:

Standard English language requirements apply.

How to apply

Apply through the Professional Golfers’ Association website http://web.pga.org.uk/cn/aje2j/pre_reg_app_form or contact Tracy McCausland, Admissions Administrator on +44 (0)1675 477850 or admissions@pga.org.uk

Key Information Set (KIS)

Key Information Sets (KIS) are comparable sets of information about full- or part-time undergraduate courses and are designed to meet the information needs of prospective students.

All KIS information has been published on the Unistats website and can also be accessed via the small advert, or ‘widget’, below. On the Unistats website you are able to compare all the KIS data for each course with data for other courses.

The development of Key Information Sets (KIS) formed part of HEFCE’s work to enhance the information that is available about higher education. They give you access to reliable and comparable information in order to help you make informed decisions about what and where to study.

The KIS contains information which prospective students have identified as useful, such as student satisfaction, graduate outcomes, learning and teaching activities, assessment methods, tuition fees and student finance, accommodation and professional accreditation.

The programme is delivered as a distance learning course.  E-learning is the preferred mode of delivery.  In terms of teaching, the following delivery methods are used:

  • A one week intensive residential course delivered at the Belfry (the PGA National Training Academy) covering core subject areas.  These sessions are delivered in small groups by one/two tutors.
  • E-lectures delivered via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (iVLE).  Numerous e-lessons, lectures and activities/assessments have been designed and developed in each subject area.  All students have access to the iVLE.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed throughout the 3 years of the course.  The methods of assessment are as follows:

  • Assignments – Essays, reports or logs
  • Examinations - Practical workshop and filed assessments, written theory and video analysis examinations 

Golf is now very much a profession with a recognised career structure which offers PGA Professionals global-wide career opportunities – for more information follow the Careers in Golf link http://www.pga.info/become-a-professional/careers-in-golf.aspx