HNC Golf Course Management

Higher National qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers.

The HNC in Golf Course Management (SCQF level 7) develops knowledge and skills in areas such as the history and development of golf, management of turf areas on golf courses, the design and construction of golf course features as well turf grass ecology, managing machinery, and sports turf drainage systems.

The HNC Golf Course Management provides the many and varied competences required for employment in the greenkeeping and wider golf sector. In this course, learners' sound technical knowledge of modern greenkeeping practice will be complemented by the knowledge, skills and understanding they will need for the effective administration of human, physical, biological and financial resources in the golf course environment.

This qualification is available through colleges. Typically, an HNC takes one year to complete.

Higher National qualifications have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities and industry ¿ so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability.

The Unit-based structure supports flexibility. A Unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

There is a wide choice of optional Units, which will enable centres to offer courses tailored to meet local needs.

This HN provides progression routes to further study (see Progression).

The HNC Golf Course Management is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • people who wish to start their own business


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • appropriate groupings of National Units
  • any two National Qualifications at Higher together with three Standard Grade passes at 3 or above or the equivalent National 4/5
  • an SVQ at Level 2 or 3 in a relevant area such as Amenity Horticulture: Sportsturf
  • PDA International Golf Course Management or PDA International Golf Management
  • National Certificate in Greenkeeping
  • any comparable qualifications from other awarding bodies including NVQs at level 3 in related areas
  • relevant work experience

Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, vocational qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may also be acceptable.

Progression and employment

Learners who achieve an HNC Golf Course Management can progress to the HND in Golf Management (GJ70 16)

HNCs can provide progression to degree-level study. For example, the HNC in Golf Club Management allows direct entry into the second year of most degree programmes.

Higher National qualifications also provide the knowledge and understanding required for related Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) for example, SVQ 3 Sports Turf.

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA's Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval

Each individual Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for each Unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Assessment/e-assessment support packs are available for this qualification.

HNC Golf Course Management

Group Award code: GJ6Y 15 (96 SCQF credit points)

The HNC in Golf Course Management at SCQF level 7 consists of 9 mandatory Units (72SCQF credit points) and 3 optional Units (24 SCQF credit points).