HNC Professional Golf candidate information

Professional GolfThe aim of the HNC Professional Golf is to provide you with the skills and qualities required to work in the golf industry — in the sports science, coaching, and management or equipment technology fields. You may ultimately be seeking a playing (performance) career in golf, but graduates could also embark on a career in coaching.

The HNC is designed to enable you to develop the knowledge and skills required to play and teach golf to a wide variety of clients as individuals and in groups. You will develop understanding of current practice in equipment design, construction and repair, and will be able to apply this knowledge.

Throughout the HNC there are weekly and daily opportunities to develop and improve your performance through medal play, practice, coaching by the delivering centre’s PGA Professional/equivalent, and by fitness and conditioning work in the gym.

The HNC will also give you opportunities to develop and enhance your independent study skills, research and written communication skills, study skills and presentation skills.

Employment and progression opportunities

Once you have achieved the HNC there are opportunities in support/assistant roles in golf coaching, retail, sport/activity co-ordination, and in the hospitality sector specialising in golf tourism.

Examples of the roles you might be suited to include:Assistant to Golf Professional, Golf Shop Assistant, Driving Range Assistant/Supervisor, School Sports/Activity Co-ordinator Assistant.

If you wish to progress to HND level, you can do so upon successful completion of the HNC Professional Golf along with maintaining a handicap of a maximum of 5.4.

It may also be possible to progress to a Degree programme. You would be assessed on an individual basis.

With the HNC, you will have developed the coaching skills and competences to the standard expected at UKCC Level 1, and the experience and knowledge to progress to UKCC Level 2.


Your academic suitability will be assessed by the level of qualifications you hold. Two Highers at ‘C’ or above are the usual requirements. Alternatively, you might have a National Certificate or Vocational Qualification in a relevant discipline. Mature candidates will be assessed on an individual basis.

The handicap level for entry is a maximum of 5.4 (category 1) to reflect the title of the qualification, ‘Professional Golf’.