Hospitality: Platinum NQ (Specialist) SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

Hospitality is the 3rd largest private sector employer in the UK and businesses which make up the sector include: hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and bars, leisure parks, stadia, nightclubs, contract caterers, food service operators, entertainment and visitor attractions.

This specialised course is ideal if you have an existing hospitality qualification or currently work in the industry and wish to upskill. 

The advanced practical skills and theoretical knowledge will be concentrated in your chosen area of specialism allowing you to contextualise what you have learned.

You will be expected to be able to draw conclusions and suggest solutions in different situations. Written and verbal communication will also be more complex at this level. 

Employment opportunities on successful completion of this course are likely to be in roles such as Specialist Careers in Professional Cookery, Menu Development and Financial Controls alongside Professional Bar, Food and Event Service skills.

Special features:
• You will gain relevant skills training and hands-on practical learning
• You will experience a realistic working environment
• You will gain understanding and focus on employability and specialist skills

Entry requirements

Four National 5s, one of which must be English and relevant work experience
satisfactory attainment of a SCQF Level 6 course

Applications are encouraged from mature students who do not possess formal qualifications but have skills to meet the academic demand of the course.

Course content includes:

• Career Paths
• Introduction to supervision
• Intermediate Food Hygiene (REHIS)
• Small Business Planning
• Barista Skills
• Specialist Bakery
• Specialist Patisserie
• Specialist Hot and Cold Kitchen
• Advanced food and wine service
• Event Co-ordination
• Tourism and Travel
• Bar and Cellar Processes


Kit required includes knives, textbook, equipment and uniforms. College Bursary (if successfully applied for) will pay for all kit required.

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will be delivered mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities, practical sessions and placements will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing.
  • Full Time

Face-to-face teaching based in the Hospitality & Tourism Academy at Moray College UHI. There will also be elements of online delivery taking place where necessary.
External training and industry visits will form part of the delivery and there will be external engagement through our Hospitality Association Moray (HAM) partnership and external associations.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Moray College UHI

Start date



The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Employment opportunities on successful completion of this course are likely to be in roles such as Chef de Partie or Senior Waiting Team Member.

Alternatively, you can progress on to an HNC course.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

“This exciting new College Certificate offers focused and flexible training that can be adapted to meet the needs of individual candidates.  Possible specialisms include Bakery, Pastry, Advanced Food & Wine Service and Barista.  The delivery also looks at business planning along with supervision and management principles.  The integrated delivery allows for peer learning and the focus on transferable soft skills keeps many doors open for the future” (AF)

Apply for Hospitality: Platinum NQ (Specialist) SCQF Level 6

I want to start in 2021/22

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