HND Golf Management

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

This qualification is designed to equip learners with the knowledge needed in current or future employment — or for progression to further academic or professional qualifications.

The HND in Golf Management (SCQF level 8) builds on the knowledge and skills developed within the HNC in Golf Course Management (SCQF Level 7) and covers golf industry and tourism, managing turf, playing performance, and project management.

This qualification is available through colleges. Typically, an HND takes two years 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 HND Golf 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
  • relevant work experience
  • PDA International Golf Course Management or PDA International Golf Management
  • National Certificate in Greenkeeping
  • an HNC in HNC Golf Course Management, Golf Club Management or Golf Management.
  • any comparable qualifications from other awarding bodies including NVQs at level 3 in related areas

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

Progression and employment

HNDs can provide progression to degree-level study. For example, the HND in Golf Management allows direct entry to most third year programmes.

The HND will provide the learner with a wide range of employment opportunities. With appropriate experience, the HND could lead to Head Greenkeeper positions.

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.

HND Golf Management

Group Award code: GJ70 16 (240 SCQF credit points)

HND Golf Management at SCQF level 8 consists of 11 mandatory Units (88 SCQF credit points) and 19 optional Units (152 SCQF points).