Golf Management BA (Hons)

UCAS code N290

What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Golf Management course is based in Dornoch, close to the world-renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Club. It is the first honours degree of its kind in the UK and is aimed at those aspiring to a career in the golf industry.

The degree provides a balance of golf-specific and management subjects to give graduates the range of skills necessary to take advantage of excellent employment opportunities. You will have the opportunity to work in various roles, with a particular focus on all aspects of managing within a golf context.

Our strong links with the industry provide opportunities for work placements, guest lectures from leading industry figures and study trips.This includes associate membership of the Club Managers' Association of Europe (CMAE).

You will work alongside our BA (Hons) Professional Golf students.

Special features

  • You will benefit from our strong industry links including the Royal Dornoch Golf Club, St Andrews Links Trust and Castle Stuart, as well as top clubs in the UK and abroad
  • You will gain event management experience at various venues eg Dunhill Links Championships and the Oman Open
  • New golf-specific indoor facilities on campus
  • Work placements can be arranged locally, across the UK and internationally, including an international internship programme
  • We have full-time members of staff who are PGA professionals
  • You will enjoy a unique student experience and can participate in activities such as running the student golf club, individual coaching, personalised training and development, regular play, and competition including Scottish Student Sport and British Universities and College Sport events

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • You may be able to enter year two of the degree if you have an HNC in a relevant subject
  • You may be able to enter year three of the degree if you have an HND in a relevant subject
  • Applicants with other qualifications or relevant experience are welcomed and will be considered on an individual basis
  • Successful applicants may be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake certain modules on this course

 

For International students requiring Tier 4 sponsorship
Please note that international students with a Tier 4 visa can only take part in sports activities or as part of a work placement, as an amateur and not as a professional or semi-professional. You will not be allowed to become a member of a professional sports association while a student. This is due to ‘professional sportsperson’ restrictions imposed by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as outlined in their Tier 4 Policy Guidance.

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Introduction to golf management
  • Introduction to business
  • Professional practice and personal development for the golf industry
  • Introduction to the customer-centred business
  • Activity performance and skills acquisition

You will choose one further option module which may include:

  • Introduction to financial accounting
  • Introduction to enterprise and marketing

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Golf course maintenance and design
  • Golf club manager - functions and responsibilities
  • Contemporary issues in management
  • Event planning and organisation
  • Retailing

You will choose one further option module which may include:

  • Applied leadership and coaching
  • Work placement: team working and communication
  • Management accounting

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Research skills
  • Developing entrepreneurial effectiveness
  • Understanding visitor behaviour
  • Niche tourism

You will choose two further option modules which may include:

  • Sports science: a critical analysis
  • Strategic human resource management
  • Work placement: industry-specific skills
  • Marketing communications
  • Project planning and management

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Year four can be studied online via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) with support from your tutors and brings your management and business skills into sharp focus.

Core modules are:

  • Niche professional: a business analysis
  • Work placement: professional practice
  • You will also complete a dissertation, or research and plan a business venture

You will choose two further option modules which may include:

  • Strategic marketing
  • Corporate financial decision-making
  • E-business
  • Innovation and enterprise
  • Social and environmental accounting
  • Corporate responsibility in the global environment
  • Employee relations
  • Business strategy
  • Global management

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As your course was designed using our blended learning approach and has run successfully for many years in this way, we can confirm that there will be limited change to how the course will be delivered next year. From September 2020, you will study mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities, practical sessions and placements will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all staff and students.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face tutorials and lectures, enhanced by field trips and practical tuition, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • This is enhanced by field trips, guest lectures from leading industry figures, regular practicals, on-site tuition, and assisting in the running of the students’ own university Golf Club
  • Fourth year can be studied remotely and is available as distance learning for international delivery. There is a restricted diet in terms of options available for distance learning students.

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (unstructured): 8 years @ 10 to 20 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.


Where can I study my course?

  • North Highland College UHI - Dornoch campus

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time study only)

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees2019-202020-21
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Full-timeLevel2019-202020-21
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2019-202020-21
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £11,650 £12,000
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,820 £6,000
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,940 £2,000

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact North Highland College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your golf management degree, you might like to consider the following careers:

  • Golf club secretary or manager
  • Golf resort director of golf or golf operations manager
  • Golf course design and maintenance
  • Management of other leisure and sports facilities
  • Local authority parks and recreation operative
  • Golf tourism or entrepreneurship

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the PgCert Management in Golf with an honours classification of 2:2 or above.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

Studying BA (Hons) Golf Management at the University of the Highlands and Islands has been an outstanding development opportunity for my career. During the course of my studies I worked in different positions in major golf clubs such as Royal Dornoch Golf Club and The Duke’s in Scotland, Royal Sydney in Australia and the Union League of Philadelphia in the United States.


Shortly after I graduated, I got the opportunity to work at Royal Golf La Bagnaia in Italy where I am involved in tournaments and implementation of operations of high quality service for membership and visitors. Also, the golf club, as many other businesses, found itself having to face completely new challenges due to Covid-19. However this has strengthened my abilities as I really had to step up in these unprecedented times.


I am proud and honoured to be an alumni ambassador. The University of the Highlands and Islands gave me the opportunity to build strong relationships with industry professionals, which has been so helpful to achieve my personal career goals.

Giordano Antonucci graduated from the BA (Hons) Golf Management in 2020 and is now one of our alumni ambassadors

I considered other universities but chose to study here as the degree relates to what I want to be in the future: a director of a top class facility abroad. The placement opportunities were also attractive: I worked at The Royal Sydney in Australia and Fairmont St Andrews which has helped me gain practical experience of how to run a golf facility.

Jack Harling is in the fourth year of the BA (Hons) Golf Management at our North Highland College UHI campus close to Royal Dornoch Golf Club.

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