A new foundation degree in golf, representing the first of its kind at this level, has been given the green light by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
The course is being run in partnership between the University of Birmingham and the Professional Golfers‘ Association and is a continuation of the unique collaboration between both parties which follows the success of Birmingham’s Applied Golf Management Studies Degree that began in 2002.
The vocational and academic qualification will offer two thirds of a normal degree through a series of modules. Students will study part time for three years, allowing them to work as an employee of an approved PGA professional, who will also support them in some of their course work.
In addition to academic requirements of four GCSE’s at grade C (or equivalent) entry on to the course will depend upon students having a handicap of four for men and six for ladies.
On completion students may be able to complete the full Applied Golf Management Studies Degree at the University.
Professor Michael Sterling, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham says, “This high-quality course looks at the professional side of the golfing industry, including engineering, materials and management. It has strong support from employers and there are strong career prospects for graduates”.
Dr Kyle Phillpots, director of training and education at the PGA said, “The foundation degree will offer more flexibility to a wider range of people to encourage diversity in this field. We already have 300 students enlisted for this Foundation Degree, which spells out the course’s appeal and continued success.”
The Foundation Degree is an academically linked successor to the PGA Professional Diploma Course previously taken by trainee golf professionals. Current employment statistics for people who have completed this course stand at 97% employment, with more than half earning more than £20,000 within a year. The degree course has some vacancies for the coming academic year. For future admissions information contact the PGA on 01675 470333
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