Skills for Work National 5
Hospitality SCQF Level 5

Build essential skills in working in both kitchen and front-of-house environments within the hospitality sector.


Why take this course?

This course will provide you with skills and knowledge required to work in the kitchen and in front of house operations within catering/hospitality establishments.

You will learn valuable customer service skills as well as the importance of team work and how to develop the appropriate work ethics. You will study the background theory of food hygiene, and health and safety, so that you can apply the theory in practice in all of your practical activities. You will learn how to prepare, cook and present food to industry standards, as well as how to serve food and drink to customers who visit the College’s popular training restaurant and bistro.

What you will experience

Throughout the course you will undergo significant personal development, and build organisational and planning skills, as well as a strong level of commercial awareness. You will undertake a combination of research tasks and take part in practical and theory lessons. The course is made up of the following mandatory units:

  1. Developing skills for Working in Hospitality
  2. Developing Skills for Working in the Professional Kitchen
  3. Front of House Operations
  4. Events

The course is very hands on, with a lot of time spent in the training kitchen and a lot of time spent serving food and dealing with customers.

Assessment is continuous and will involve written tasks, role play and observation of your practical skills.

male taking a pan out of an oven

Key facts

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

What you will need

All students are required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) clothing suitable for the area in which you will be working. You will be provided with a kit list when offered a place on the course.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Health and safety restrictions mean that no piercings/jewellery, nail polish or heavy make-up is permitted in the kitchen or service areas.All hair is to be tied back and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worn at all times.  Whilst you are taking part in the course you will be required to:  

  • Be fully prepared for each class and arrive on time; 
  • Adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment. 

Eating and drinking is not permitted in the workrooms or classrooms. Drinking water is available from water dispensers in the corridors within the College buildings.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Upon successful completion of this course, you may be able to progress to the following full-time course at North East Scotland College:


Those who wish to progress directly to employment will find a range of opportunities available to them within the catering and hospitality sectors.

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Please note that courses are subject to minimum viability levels. In the event of insufficient numbers of applications, courses may be withdrawn from the programme. Certain courses are arranged with schools working in a consortium arrangement – in such cases, pupils from consortium schools will be given priority in the allocation of places.