Hospitality (National 4) Skills for Work

What is special about this course?

This course provides you with a practical-based introduction to hospitality. The focus is on understanding how a professional kitchen and restaurant operates. You will learn about the different jobs and careers in hospitality and begin to develop practical skills and knowledge. Practical experience of working in a realistic working environment is included.


Entry requirements

For Secondary 3 and 4 pupils.

There are a limited number of places and therefore all pupils who apply will be given an interview.  

During this course pupils will learn a variety of skills including;

  • preparing
  • cooking
  • presenting and serving food and drinks
  • working front of house.

The course content places emphasis throughout all units on employability skills and attitudes, which will help to prepare candidates for the workplace.

On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded SQA  accreditation at National 4 level. 


How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Day release
  • Skills for Work

This course is delivered in the hospitality training kitchen at the Gremista campus.

How long will my course last?

2 Years

Part time - alternative Fridays, 9.00am to 3.30pm, plus four hours study per week.

Two years (18 sessions in year one and 12 sessions in year two)

Where can I study my course?

    • Lerwick Campus

Start date



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

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course may provide you with opportunities to progress to an SVQ in Professional Cookery, a full-time National Certificate in Hospitality in further education colleges on the mainland or suitable training/employment.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

“It offered a wide range of opportunities to learn about all aspects of the hospitality industry.”

“An excellent programme designed to equip students with a useful introduction to the modern hospitality environment” -  Emily Garrick, Senior Lecturer

Vocational pathways courses are offered through local schools early in February when a booklet is distributed to all secondary 2 pupils.

Please contact your Pupil Support Teacher if you are interested.


We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Shetland UHI UHI. Shetland UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.