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Sutton Coldfield Golf Academy

All scholars on the Sutton Coldfield Golf will enrol on a Programme of Study which is aligned to their Qualifications on Entry. Scholars will have 10-14 hours of Technical Golf Development complimentary to the assessment provided by the Full Time Coach, Individual and Team League and Match play Events combined with Tutorial, Purposeful Work Experience, Maths* or English* (Subject to QoE) alongside their selected Academic Pathway.

Pathway 1
This vocational sport specific pathway develops skills and knowledge by studying a wide range of sports related topics. These will enable the learner to understand key elements and components within the Sport Industry. On this programme, you can develop your knowledge using examples from specifically the Golf Industry but generally across the Sports Industry. Units that you will study may include:
Key Modules for Sports Science include:
– Anatomy & Physiology
– Sports Nutrition
– Sports Psychology
– Fitness Testing

Pathway 2
Scholars may opt to study on an A’ Level or Vocational Programme. Scholars can select a suitable A Level Subject Combination e.g. Business, Geography & Sports Science subject to availability, subject location and timetabling. This pathway will require further discussion during an interview prior to an offer of a place on the programme. Scholars can also choose to study in a vocational area e.g. Business as a full-time course and combine with the Golf Academy.

Pathway 3
Scholars who do not meet the Level 3 Entry requirements can still gain a place on the Golf Academy but will have to Study a Level 1 or 2 qualification in a College Tutor Group which is not exclusive to the Club Academy.

Course Info

No Level - Recreational
Subject Area
Sport & Exercise Sciences
Course Type
16-19 Full-Time
Sutton Coldfield College
Next Start Date
Course Length
35 weeks

Entry Requirements

To study on Academic Pathway 1 or 2, scholars are required to gain 4 GCSE’s at Grade 4 (equivalent to Grade C) or above which should include Maths and English. Scholars who do not achieve Maths or English will be required to retake whilst on the Programme. Scholars who do not achieve the 4 GCSE’s will be required to study for Pathway 3. Golf Specific Handicap Entry Requirements: Elite Golf Academy: Recognised Golf Handicap of 10 or under (Men) or 14 or under (women) Applications can be considered by a Category 1 Golfer if a) working with a PGA Golf Coach b) representing their respective club in external competitions. Intermediate Golf Academy: Recognised Golf Handicap 10-19(Men)(category 1 or 2 Golfer) or 15-30 (Women). Beginners Golf Academy: Recognised Junior Golf Handicap 20 (Men) or Above (Category 3 or 4 Golfer) or 30+ (Women).

Delivery and Assessment

Delivery will be split between Sutton Coldfield College and Wishaw Golf Club. This will normally be in Morning or Afternoon blocks in order to minimise the travel between the college and external facilities. The Programme of study utilises the variety of indoor and outdoor golf facilities for the practical elements of the programme, whereas the College has the IT and Specialist Fitness, Massage and Classroom Resources for many of the taught units. Assessment will be varied and will include a portfolio of practical activities, case studies, projects, reports, presentations and written presentation. In addition, scholars will have externally-assessed work identified in the chosen pathway. In some subjects/courses there are externally set exams which will take place in January or May/June of the academic year.


Scholars who have completed their studies at Level 3 have the opportunity to apply for Higher Education; with many going into careers in teaching, coaching, sports therapy, sports analysis, fitness or nutrition. Golfers can also can Scholarships to USA University Programmes following on from successful completion of the college programme. If a golfer has the desire to be a trainee PGA professional or apply for the PGA HE at Birmingham University then they must have a recognised handicap no higher than 3 by the September prior to the start of the HE programme. There is also the option to apply for the PGA programmes which are based at The Belfry.

Career Opportunities

  • Golfers
  • Sports Coaches
  • PE Teachers