About the course
The course is delivered at University Centre Myerscough and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire. The course has been designed to develop suitably trained and qualified graduates to gain rewarding and exciting careers in the golf industry. It is an intellectually stimulating course, with a strong practical focus enabling students to develop their practical skills, academic knowledge, sports science support and coaching experience.
Additionally, the programme offers students a wonderful insight into the performance elements of elite golf. The course provides students with a plethora of sports science and golf coaching concepts that will relate to game improvement. This will equip them with a holistic understanding of golf performance, which they can adopt as part of their own and fellow golfers’ performance development.
There are two main areas within golf coaching - one at community/club level and the other at an elite level. The two main areas of performance are elite level based: firstly, with a focus on conditioning – both the mental and physical aspects, and secondly, the scientific considerations within sports performance e.g. nutrition, anatomy & physiology and biomechanics.
To assist in the delivery of the modules and the development of students' golf skills the College has a number of fantastic facilities. These include a 9 hole golf course, a driving range, video analysis equipment, biomechanics RS Footscan, Science & Motion putting lab, Flightscope, Trackman, K-Vest, Indoor Golf Academy, Sports Centre and Fitness Suite, putting and chipping areas, and golf simulators (including GC2).
The course is designed twofold: firstly, to enable students to have the skills and knowledge to coach at elite levels or within a community-based context. Secondly, for students to deliver performance-based elements of golf at an elite level. Students will have the opportunity to develop their coaching and performance-based skills working with the College's Elite Golf Squads and Golf Academy members.
It is not a pre-requisite to be an elite player to succeed in the course. However, students are expected to have a keen interest in the development of elite golf performance.
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Academic and Professional Skills
Sports Performance (Double module)
Introduction to Biomechanics and Physiology
Introduction to Sports Psychology
Coaching Principles and Practice
Training and Conditioning for Sport Performance
Sports Performance Analysis
Talent Identification and Sport Development
Coaching for Sport Performance
Golf Industry Consultancy
High-Performance Conditioning for Golf
High-Performance Coaching for Golf
Coaching Specific Golf Groups (Option)
Science at Elite Level Golf (Option)
Golf Research Project (Double module Option)
Golf Research Project (Option)
5 GCSE passes at Grade C (4) or above (including Maths and English or equivalent)
Plus 104 UCAS Tariff points from one or more of the following:
3 A-levels (A2) at C or above
BTEC/C&G Level 3
4 Scottish Highers at C or above
4 Irish Highers at C or above
International Baccalaureate at 24 points
AS levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and Scottish Intermediate 2s may be used to contribute to entry requirements but they are not sufficient for entry on their own. Alternative equivalent qualifications will also be considered positively.
Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) for certain modules will be considered on an individual basis.
Applicants for whom English is a second language must be able to demonstrate proof of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 6.0 (with no component score lower than 5.5) or equivalent.
All offers may be subject to a successful interview.
Learning and assessment
Students will be exposed to a variety of learning environments including lectures, seminars, workshops and practical sessions. They will have access to up to date ICT, analysis and sports science equipment.
Students are expected to undertake extensive independent study and research to support lectures, seminars and assessments. Group work and group presentations form an important part of the course. Students will have access to specialist IT hardware and software, an online learning environment and reference facility.
Students will face a variety of assessments including essays, reports, multimedia presentations, mini-projects practical coaching sessions, coaching review, and reports, performance profile, oral defence, case studies, portfolios and posters.
What work experience can I get?
Students will have opportunities to build their experiences during project work and across all modules within the programme. Many assessments take a vocational approach and students have the opportunity to work with on-site PGA Professionals in order to build experience at an elite level.
On successful completion of the course, students may apply for post-graduate studies (e.g. MA, MPhil, PhD) and can obtain advice and guidance from both Myerscough and University staff.
What careers can you follow?
The course aims to provide a programme of golf coaching and performance education which will enable degree holders to analyse key academic themes in the subject area and critically evaluate the wide range of coaching issues and practices within different sectors of the Golf Industry, which will, therefore, prepare them for a successful career in the UK or overseas. The course promotes an ethos of self-development and reflection throughout the curriculum in order to foster that greater personal awareness and confidence necessary to manage others.
Links with Professional Body
The College works closely with:
Professional Golfers Association (PGA)
Royal and Ancient
England Golf (EG)
Additional costs for items that are essential for the course include:
Student corporate clothing - £75.00
Additional costs for opportunities and items that are optional for the course include:
Dunhill Links Championship, St Andrews (PGA European Tour) - £100.00
Turkish Airlines Open, Antalya (PGA European Tour) - £625.00
BMW PGA Championship, Wentworth (PGA European Tour) - £120.00
Warm Weather Training Camp, Vilamoura, Portugal - £725.00
Golf Course (Myerscough College GC) Membership - £49.00
Annual Locker Hire - £10
Collegiate / Prospects Tour Membership - £100 (+ fee per qualifying event)