• Hospitality and Tourism

    HNC Hospitality

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

Start Here

If you’ve got a real passion for food and drink, are dedicated to customer service and want to manage a hospitality business, you could find yourself very much in demand in the hospitality industry – and this course will help get you there.

For entry to this course, you’ll need to have:

  • A real interest in working in the hospitality industry
  • At least 1 relevant Higher at grade C or above OR a pass in a relevant course at SCQF Level 6
  • An interview with us

If you don’t have any formal qualifications, but have life experience and are really keen, we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

It’s also really valuable if you can gain experience of working in the industry while you’re on this course.

What's Involved

This course will give you a wide variety of skills to help you start your career in this exciting industry, including:

  • Cooking - although you’re not training to be a chef, it’s important you understand the workings of a commercial kitchen, so you’ll do a bit of hands on cookery.
  • Service - you’ll learn about food and beverage service, so you can understand how a restaurant runs smoothly.
  • Product knowledge - you’ll gain in depth knowledge about food and drink products including beer, wine, whisky and spirits, which you can share with your customers.
  • Accommodation - you’ll learn about the rooming side of the industry, including styles and standards.
  • Human Resource Management - you’ll gain skills for recruiting and managing staff, and look at Continuous Professional Development.
  • Supervision - you’ll supervise a task, team or event, and take part in a training exercise to train other people.
  • Industry knowledge - you’ll find out about the industry as a whole and what you need to know to work successfully in it.
  • Finance and management - you’ll learn about costings and financial control, which will also help you plan for function and events.

You’ll also have the chance to:

  • Participate in real functions such as business events or bespoke dinners.
  • Visit distilleries or hotels such as Trump Turnberry, Lochgreen House or the Hilton Glasgow.
  • Join in Masterclasses from local industry professionals.
  • Hear top tips on how to get ahead in hospitality from leading employers, successful venue owners and industry suppliers.
  • Take part in competitions such as inter-campus competitions or the national Student Team Challenge.

Interested? Come in for an informal chat to find out more. Call Sally Kennedy on 01292 265184 extension 7613 or email sally.kennedy@ayrshire.ac.uk

Go Anywhere

If you successfully complete this course, here are some of the courses you can move on to:

HND Hospitality Management

It may also be possible to progress to year 2 of hospitality or business degree programmes at a number of institutions such as University of West of Scotland

Possible careers you can explore:

  • Assistant or Trainee Manager in hotel, restaurant, pub, or club
  • Assistant or Trainee Manager in any food and beverage service, or accommodation provider environment
  • Business owner