BSc (Hons) Golf Coaching and Performance

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 on the course. However, students are expected to have a keen interest in the development of elite golf performance.

Course modules

Year 1

Academic and Professional 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.

Sports Performance (double module)

This module will also introduce students to fundamental anatomy and physiology, applied to sport (golf) and exercise performance contexts. It also covers the scientific basis of fitness testing and subsequent prescription of training for golf and exercise.

Introduction to Biomechanics and Physiology

This module will use a theoretical base to develop an understanding of essential terminology and, importantly, the application of biomechanical and technological principles to the performance and analysis of golf.

Introduction to Sports Psychology

This module is designed to introduce the student to the relationship between psychological factors and performance in golf.

Coaching Principles and Practice

This module provides the theory of the coaching process. It identifies the main philosophies, styles and practices of golf coaching. These include skill acquisition, delivery techniques, child protection, equity and coaching and the law.

Year 2

Industry Project

This module applies the practical, technical and personal skills developed in the Academic and Vocational Skills module previously. 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.

Research Development

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.

Training and Conditioning for Sport Performance

The module applies specific conditioning practices to the enhancement of performance, and utilises the key performance indicators outlined by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Sports Performance Analysis

This module provides a framework in which golf coaches can apply the coaching process and develop techniques to evaluate golf performance. This will include a review of pertinent scientific elements of training/performance with students engaging in appropriate coaching practical sessions to elaborate upon the theoretical themes.

Talent Identification and Sport Development

The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of performance pathways developed by organisations to develop players to their full potential and the theory associated with the selection of those players. Furthermore the module will provide students with an insight to the development of golf both nationally and internationally.

Coaching for Sport Performance

This module gives the student the opportunity to develop and appreciate the coaching skills, techniques and strategies for golf. It develops an awareness in students of the demands and considerations of golf coaching.

Year 3

Career Development in Golf

This module aims to consolidate personal competencies in a wide range of areas associated with work activity and practice in order to ensure an effective transition from higher education to work.

High Performance Conditioning for Golf

This module aims to integrate aspects of sport psychology and sports conditioning into the golf coaching process. Its aim is to provide the golf coach/performance specialist with increased armoury for maximising success in competition through an increased awareness of mental preparation techniques and optimising the physical condition of the golfer.

High Performance Coaching for Golf

This module aims to develop the principles and skills of golf coaching and apply them to high performance settings. It aims to engage the student in critical discussion regarding issues of competitive coaching settings and the management of high performance environments within golf.

Coaching Specific Golf Groups (Option)

The module aims to demonstrate the potential variation in golf participants, and how these variations affect the coaching and training of the participants. The module focuses on a variety of physical disabilities as well as children, the elderly and the female performers.

Science at Elite Level Golf (Option)

The module will equip students with an understanding of the scientific considerations at elite level golf. The physiological, biomechanical and nutritional considerations and their application to elite performance is studied.

Golf Research Project (Double module Option)

The project will enable the student to research a golf specific area in detail. The Tutor will guide the student as to suitable topics and enable them to find sources of information. The project might be in a particular specialism that the student wishes to progress to upon graduation.

Golf Research Project (Option)

The aim of the Golf Research Project is to provide an opportunity for students to study a topic of their own choice which is related to their substantive areas of study.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

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 successful interview

Learning and assessment

Learning Environment:

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 on-line learning environment and reference facility.

Assessment:

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 elite level.

Progression

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.

Careers

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.

Professional accreditations

Links with Professional Body:

The College works closely with:

· Professional Golfers Association (PGA)

· Royal and Ancient

· England Golf (EG)

Special requirements

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)

Golf Studies at Myerscough College

Studying golf unlocks the door to a rewarding and exciting career in a sport that spans the globe and is played by more than 60 million people worldwide. Golf is now a profession with a recognised career structure and fantastic employment opportunities both in the UK and overseas. Many of our past students are enjoying great success in all areas of this expanding industry, from professional players and coaches to education, events management and sales and marketing.

If you are serious about the golf business then there is no better place to study than at Myerscough College’s International Institute for Golf Education, in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire.

Our learners – Chris Hanson

Meet Myerscough College alumnus Chris Hanson, who went from Myerscough student to professional golfer and a place on the European Tour leaderboard.

Meet Chris Hanson

Our Partnership with UCLan

All our Higher Education programmes are awarded by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Myerscough College is an Associate School of the University of Central Lancashire, a dynamic, vibrant and contemporary university located in Preston city centre. UCLan is one of the largest universities in the UK with world-leading and internationally excellent research areas. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.