Scotland's Rural College University
Professional Golf HNC
Scotland's Rural College University

Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in Agriculture

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Agriculture at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25000 £21000 £24000
25-75 percentile range £20000 - £27000 £16500 - £25000 £18500 - £29000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Agriculture

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23872 £19884 £22867
25-75 percentile range £20487 - £27274 £14892 - £25751 £17151 - £30379

Course Description

The Higher National Certificate in Professional Golf is delivered from our Elmwood Campus that boasts its own 18 hole parkland golf course, full driving range with indoor and outdoor bays, analysis suite, short-game area and practice green. The golf course itself is now over 20 years old and the clubhouse is home to two golfing societies. Located in North East Fife just a short drive from St Andrews means it is the ideal location to study for a career in the golf industry.

The HNC Professional Golf programme aims to develop the key skills and competencies needed for employment in the industry or progression to degree level study.

You will study coaching methods and practices as well as the scientific principles of skill acquisition, physiology and fitness training for golf. You will gain the skills and knowledge to work with beginners and improvers in golf and how to develop performance through individual and group session delivery.

This will be underpinned by knowledge of golf facility operations and the importance of fostering a strong customer focus along with basic business awareness. Your learning will foster the development or strong academic skills facilitating progression to higher level study.

Graduates from the HNC have progressed the the HND Professional Golf course at SRUC, alternatively to other universities in Scotland and the United States or have pursued careers as teaching professionals, retail, club-fitting, tourism, or in management with many of them now working in internationally acclaimed golf clubs and facilities.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Professional Golf HNC at Scotland's Rural College University

20% Legal professionals
15% Business and public service associate professionals
10% Sales occupations
10% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Customer service occupations
5% Administrative occupations
5% Elementary occupations
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
0% Natural and social science professionals
0% Teaching Professionals

Grading & Study Time

Typically modules will have between 3 and 5 learning outcomes with assessment for some of these outcomes combined. These assessments can take the form of class tests, essays, individual or group projects, practical assessments, portfolios and presentations. Assessment is driven by the readiness of the student and is continual throughout the academic year as the student progresses through their learning.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Agriculture

SRUC has a long tradition of welcoming students from outside the UK to study with us, and we find they greatly enhance the learning experience of other students and their unique viewpoint and carried life experiences. International student rules and regulations are set by national governments. For the most up to date guidance, please visit our website -

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Professional Golf, HNC, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Professional Golf HNC

England UK £7000 year 1
Northern Ireland £7000 year 1
Wales £7000 year 1
Channel Islands £7000 year 1
Ireland £7000 year 1
Scotland £1285 year 1
EU £16000 year 1
International £16000 year 1

Additional fee information

Scottish students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Scotland's Rural College University in top UK and global rankings.

See all 11 university rankings of Scotland's Rural College University

About Scotland's Rural College University

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is a publicly funded research school focused primarily on the education of agricultural subjects, such as Countryside Management, Animal Nutrition, and Forestry. SRUC offers courses and programmes across six campus locations, including eight fully-functional farmlands for students to get hands-on and practical experience in.

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