Travel & Tourism SCQF Level 5

This course gives those who wish to work in travel and tourism or other customer-facing industries, the skills and knowledge needed to do so.


Why take this course?

This course will introduce you to some of the key skills and concepts involved in working in the travel and tourism industry, and acts as excellent preparation for progressing towards study at a higher level or employment.

What you will experience

You will be given an overview of the industry but will also study more specific areas, such as tour guiding, customer service, marketing and airport ground operations. Another key focus is tourist destinations, so you will look closely at different exciting locations across Europe and the Mediterranean!

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Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should ideally have four National 5 units (intermediate 2) or a mix of four National 4/5 qualifications to include Maths and English. If applicants have National 4 (Intermediate 1) qualifications only, they are unlikely to be accepted.

Applicants should have an interest in geography and some knowledge of maps is desirable, but not essential.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


Common employment roles include airport check-in staff, airport ground crew, retail travel agent, seasonal tour guide, hospitality supervisor, customer service personnel and regional cabin crew.

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


Places are still available on this course, which started in August 2019. Please see below for your options.

Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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Fraserburgh Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.