Hospitality Operations NC SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

This course will provide you with an overview of the hospitality industry with a focus on key skills common to all customer-facing roles.

You will:

  • learn soft and transferable skills
  • develop technical specialism in front of house and kitchen activities
  • develop knowledge and understanding of the size and scope of the hospitality industry,

whilst being provided a platform to either progress to further study or pursue employment opportunities.

Special features:

  • Taught by experienced Hospitality lecturers
  • Great starting point for various career paths
  • Combination of Kitchen and Restaurant skills will be taught
  • A focus on building confidence and other relevant soft skills
  • Peer learning through working alongside other levels

There will be external engagement whenever possible, this might include field trips, guest lectures and involvements with campus events and functions.

Entry requirements

  • Four National 4s (including English) OR
  • NPA in Professional Cookery OR
  • Relevant SVQ at SCQF level 4 OR
  • Relevant industry experience
  • Applications are encouraged from prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above.
  • Professional Cookery: Practical
  • Professional Cookery: Knowledge
  • Working in the Hospitality Industry
  • Food Hygiene for the Hospitality Industry
  • Health and Safety in Hospitality
  • Developing Customer Care in Hospitality
  • Food and Beverage Operations
  • Hospitality Costing
  • Pastry
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Non-alcoholic Beverages


A uniform and equipment are required for this course which will be supplied by UHI Moray (approx. cost £400-500). If you are eligible for a bursary these costs will be covered. 

You will be asked to purchase your own smart shoes for restaurant work (up to £25). This cost will be reimbursed if you are eligible for a bursary.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

You will study through a combination of face-to-face practical lessons and theory classes on campus, supplemented by our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date



Normally, if you are studying full time for the first time and are Ordinarily Resident in Scotland your course fees will be covered through the information you provide on your course application.

If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver.

If you are not Ordinarily Resident in Scotland, you may need to pay course fees.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

Course fees 2023/24*


Rest of UK


Further Education - Full time




Further Education - Part time (per single credit unit)




Further Education - Part time (structured 6 credits)




* Fees for 2024/25 are still to be confirmed.


Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.  Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course you may:

  • Progress onto the NC SCQF Level 6 in Hospitality Operations or Professional Cookery or Travel and Tourism.
  • Enter employment in roles such as Commis Chef, Chef de Partie, Waiter, Barista or Bartender.

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“This course is a great starting point and provides varied, relevant and realistic training in both kitchen and front of house settings. Many of our students start at this level and progress through the Hospitality programmes at higher levels. Study on this course will cover both theory and practical elements. The delivery allows for peer learning and the focus on transferable soft skills. These are valuable for a career in Hospitality and as life skills”
- Darren Bate, lecturer

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Moray. UHI Moray 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.