Hospitality Operations NC

What is special about this course?

This is a practical course aimed at those who wish to work in the hospitality industry, either front of house or in the kitchens to develop knowledge and skills in the hospitality industry.

This course is run over three days in college with the option of a work placement and there will be opportunities to cater for live events.

This course is suitable for school leavers or other young people looking for employment in this area; it may also be attractive if you are a mature student wishing to change career direction, upskill or return to full or part time study.

All equipment and uniforms will be provided.

Entry requirements

Four National 4 passes or above, four Standard Grade passes at General Level or above, or relevant work experience.

  • Working in the Hospitality Industry
  • Food Hygiene for the Hospitality Industry
  • Health & Safety in Hospitality
  • Developing Customer Care in Hospitality
  • Food and Beverage Operations
  • Hospitality Costing
  • Non Alcoholic Beverages
  • Event Organisation
  • Professional Cookery: Practical
  • Professional Cookery: Theory
  • Enterprise Activity

Core Skills

  • Communication
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Numeracy
  • Problem Solving
  • Working with Others

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Flexible

The full-time course consists of 18 credits delivered over one academic year.

Part-time, flexible study is available over two academic years.  All units of the course are available for study on an individual basis.

How long will my course last?

One year (full-time) or two years (part-time).

Where can I study my course?

    • Lerwick Campus

Start date



For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


A Local Authority bursary is a discretionary grant made by the Shetland Islands Council. For information and to apply please visit: 
Fee Waiver 
If you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit you may be eligible to apply for a fee waiver. Please contact us for more information. 
SDS Individual Training Accounts (ITA) 
You could receive up to £200 towards the cost of your course per year 
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What can I do on completion of my course?

Opportunities for progression include:

  • SVQ Professional Cookery SCQF level 5 /6
  • HNC Events
  • HNC Hospitality (UHI network)

Employment/Career: You would be equipped to apply for employment opportunities within the hospitality industry, either in front of house positions or catering.

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“Looking for a challenge? Develop teamwork and creative thinking.  Upskill in a supported kitchen environment.  Let’s GO..!”

Raymond Smith, Lecturer & SVQ Assessor

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