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FdA Golf Management

About the course

The course is delivered at University Centre Myerscough and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire. The course produces well qualified graduates with the necessary skills for careers in golf club management, tournament operations and administration. It is also a perfect choice for students wanting careers in event management, marketing, equipment technology and media - as well as the option of becoming a golf professional.

The course is designed to enable students to achieve a practically-based vocational qualification. The programme incorporates presentations from specialist guest speakers and visits to industry sites. There is also a work-based learning module and assistance from industry personnel in the assessment of students’ performance. Modules include Professional Golf Development, Golf Retail & Marketing, Golf Business Management, Applied Golf Science and Technology, Golf Event Management and Golf Facility and Operations Management.

It should be noted that to succeed on this course it is not a pre-requisite to be a low handicap golfer.

Course modules

Year 1

Academic & Vocational Skills

This module provides students with first-hand experience where students will use their industry environment to develop practical and technical skills. Students will record and reflect on their own personal development during the module.

Introduction to the Golf Business

This module will provide an introduction to the financial planning and management techniques required to run a successful business enterprise as well as introducing the process of event management, developing the student’s knowledge and understanding of how to plan, organise and prepare for the delivery of a golf event.

Applied Golf Science & Technology (Double module)

The module will identify a range of scientific advances made relating to the game of golf and how these have impacted on the game. Students will be introduced to the various designs and materials of club heads and their effects on ball flight and player performance. The importance of taking into account the correct combination of the clubs various components is considered. The regulations that the golfing authorities make and the requirements of the manufacturers is considered. Equipment repairs and maintenance are also considered.

An Introduction to Golf Course Design and Agronomy

This module will provide the student with the underpinning knowledge and allow for the acquisition of skills necessary to achieve the outcome of an effective golf course playing surface.

Golf Retail & Marketing

The aim of this module is to provide an understanding and knowledge of the extent of the golf retailing business & marketing environment. Many issues will be developed in the student, enabling their own investigation in to this dynamic sector including investigate and analysis the structure of the golf retailing sector, identifying the key issues in the retail of golf products and services and exploring strategies and supporting concepts in a sports marketing context.

Year 2

Industry Project

This module applies the practical, technical and personal skills developed in the Work Skills Development. It will utilise a structured work environment for students to identify a suitable project, and work with their supervisor in developing and managing the project and reporting on the outcomes. Students will be encouraged to use the work project to develop professional working relationships and identify their chosen career options.

Professional Golf Practice

The student will evaluate the impact of scientific and technological advances in the game of golf through practical application and personal development.

Research Development

Building on theory explored throughout the course the aim of this module is to develop the ability of students to undertake investigative research and underpin dissertation and double project work at Level 6. The module will focus upon information-related academic and market research skills, research methodology, data collection techniques, data analysis and writing skills.

Sports Event Management

This is about understanding the planning and organisation of golfing events. The module content provides the theoretical knowledge of event planning and management which is then applied to the task of planning/managing and funding/resourcing a student-led golf event.

Human Resource Management for Golf

This will enable the student to examine the organisational structures and potential aims and objectives of golf related business. It also aims to study working human resource relationships and their contribution to effective management.

Golf Club Operations

This module will provide an overview of the range of different facilities which might be provided at golf clubs. The student will also examine the staffing, operation and maintenance of facilities.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

5 GCSE passes at Grade C (4) or above (including Maths and English or equivalent)

Plus 48 UCAS Tariff points from one or more of the following:

  • 2 A-levels (A2), at least one at C or above
  • BTEC/C&G Level 3
  • 2 Scottish Highers at C or above
  • 3 Irish Highers at C or above
  • International Baccalaureate at 24 points
  • NVQ Level 3 in a relevant discipline

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 successful interview

Learning and assessment

Learning Environment:

Learning activities on the course are diverse, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and workshops.

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 on-line learning environment and reference facility.


Students will face a variety of assessments including performance planning and analysis, coaching plan and handbook, coaching session, multimedia presentation, multiple choice tests, essays, reports, peer assessment, training plans, logbook, personal action plan, mini project and method critique.

What work experience can I get?

There is no formal work placement on this course. The Academic and Vocational Skills and Industry Project modules will utilise both on and off site working environments to provide the opportunity for students to develop real practical and technical skills and help prepare them for employment in their chosen subject area.

There is also the option to intercalate and take a gap year to work in the industry anywhere in the world. This enables students to gain experience in a real working environment as well as increasing employment prospects.


On successful completion of the course, students may apply for final year of the BA (Hons) Golf Management (Top-up)


What careers can you follow?

Director of Golf / Golf Operations Manager

Golf Event Management

Golf Retail

Golf Equipment Technician

Professional Golfer

Golf Rules Official

Golf Manufacturer Representatives

Special requirements

It should be noted that to succeed on this course it is not a pre-requisite to be a low handicap golfer. However a strong interest in the game and practical involvement would be of value. It is important that the student can relate theory to practice in a variety of situations.

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)

UCLan Sports Scholarship

The University of Central Lancashire offers opportunities for student athletes to be supported with their aspirations of maintaining their playing career whilst also studying for a high-quality degree. Our panel will consider applicants as part of the admissions cycle and will offer support to those they feel will make a valuable contribution to the University’s sporting objectives. Find out more and how to apply on their website