Think you know what a career in golf looks like? 
Think again. 

The Professional Golfers' Association

Wondering what a career in golf actually looks like?

Careers in golf expand far beyond just playing professionally. A PGA golf degree can open up hundreds of exciting career paths all over the world, whether it be coaching, custom fitting specialist equipment and technology, managing a golf club or running your own golf retail business. 

And the best part? Whichever path you decide to take, you'll have the opportunity to make a living doing something you love.

So, how can you turn your passion for golf into a career?

Our range of PGA higher education courses provide the best possible platform to launch your career in golf, whether you want to coach the next generation of talent, become a leading golf psychologist or run your own business. 

Not only that, but graduates who attain PGA membership can earn an average of £6,000 per year more than those who don't.

Take a look at our unique courses to find how you can turn your ambitions into a reality.

"The PGA's training courses are tried and tested and helped put me on the pathway to success." 

Ian Poulter, PGA Professional  

PGA Training Programme - 

University of Birmingham & University of the Highlands and Islands

The PGA training programme is a dynamic and exciting course designed exclusively to meet the needs of the golf industry and PGA Professionals. 

Now incorporating a Foundation Degree in Professional Golf Studies awarded by the University of Birmingham, and the recently launched Diploma in Higher Education in Professional Golf in partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands, the programme is based around various modules relevant to a career in golf.

It mixes theory and practice and is assessed by assignments and examinations. Assistants work for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a golf environment employed by a recognised PGA Professional, and study via online distance learning.

In each of the years of study, and in addition to the assignments and exams, assistants attend a one-week residential course at the National Training Academy at The Belfry.

"Regular coaching and advice from a PGA Professional - whether on technique or equipment - is one of the most beneficial things any golfer can do to improve not only their game but also their enjoyment of golf."  

Pádraig Harrington, Honorary PGA Professional 

AGMS degree – University of Birmingham

This world-leading golf programme gives students the chance to combine a high-level applied theoretical degree with membership of the PGA.

Based at the University of Birmingham's elite School of Sport, the course features a range of content modules, including everything from applied sports science and equipment technology to coaching theory and business management.

During the three-year course, learning will take place in a range of different settings, including at the university's specialist facilities and the PGA National Training Academy based at The Belfry.

"Putting it boldly, I wouldn't have got the job I have now if I hadn't completed the AGMS course. I think the AGMS degree being a combined course between the PGA and the university has built a strong reputation within the golf industry.” 

Matthew Davies, The Professional Golfers' Association

PGA & the University of the Highlands and Islands 

Home to some of the UK's best golf facilities, Scotland is an incredible place start your career. 

The University of the Highlands and Islands BA honours degree in Professional Golf is a four year, full time, BA honours degree. The degree, unique in Scotland, is part of a partnership between the university and the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA).

Based in Dornoch, close to the world-renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Club, the BA (Hons) Professional Golf is aimed at those aspiring to a career in the golf industry and offers the opportunity to work in various roles, with a particular focus on coaching and performance.

 This degree is recognised by the PGA and graduates gain membership of the PGA (subject to application).

"Whenever we need a general manager or director of golf, the PGA is always a first port of call because I know the quality of the people who have come through the system." 

Paul Burley, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Golf Course Services at IMG


If you'd like to pursue a career in golf, applications for our 2017 intake are now open. 


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