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

Key Course Facts


Salary of all UK Graduates of

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22910 £20830 £24369
25-75 percentile range £19839 - £26189 £16042 - £26488 £18552 - £31827

Course Description

The Higher National Diploma 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 HND 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 theories and practices as well as the scientific principles of skill acquisition and fitness conditioning for golf. You will gain the skills and knowledge to work with advanced golfers learning how to develop performance in more demanding competitive situations.

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

Graduates from the HND have progressed to 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.

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

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


Tuition Fees Professional Golf HND

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.

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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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