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 TBC.  In the meantime please register your interest in the programme by emailing the programme team as

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 2017-18, the modules ran as follows:


Monday 18 September

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.

  • Monday 18 September
  • Tuesday 19 September
  • Tuesday 12 December - examination

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.

  • Monday 26 March 2018
  • Tuesday 27 March 2018 

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.

  • Tuesday 12 December
  • Wednesday 13 December

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. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees and funding

The next start date for this programme is TBC. In the meantime please register your interest in the programme by emailing the programme team as

Fee for home/EU 2019/20

Code 9133 AdCert £2,500

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 or FdSc Professional Golf awarded by the University

Learn more about entry requirements

Additional information:

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 (IELTS: 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band)

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 Professional Golfers’ Association (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 led to the establishment of a player centred, coach led education system that meets the needs of coaches and, ultimately, players.

Coaches can work through a four level coaching pathway, starting with the ASQ Level 1 and 2 qualification, before embarking on an ASQ Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Golf, which incorporates the Advanced Certificate in Golf Coaching. The Advanced Certificate in Golf Coaching provides much of the under-pinning knowledge for the ASQ Level 3 qualification.

The final level centres around the University’s Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Coaching, which with additional PGA led assessments leads to the PGA’s Level 4 coaching qualification, with students having the potential to gain a full Masters Degree in Sports Coaching following completion of a relevant thesis.

Please note, Level 3 and Level 4 applications are currently closed, as both qualifications are in the process of being reviewed and developed to support and develop coaches as effectively as possible. The detail and structure of the qualifications will be subject to review and change going forward. Please contact The PGA at if you are considering enrolling on to any of the University of Birmingham courses, in order that we can offer you a realistic timeframe for progression on to a L3 or L4 PGA qualification. 

For further information on the PGA and the coaching qualifications in general, please click on the link below:

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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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