• Hospitality and Professional Cookery

    NPA Hospitality (Level 5)

  • Eligible schools

    East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire

  • Location / Days / Times

    Ayr Campus



    Kilmarnock Campus

    Tuesday and Thursday


  • Start Date

    Aug 2024

Who is the course for?

Anyone who is interested in the hospitality and events sector. This course will help you in getting employment in restaurants, cruise ships, hotels, and conference centres. If you are interested in, or would like to know more about, a career in hospitality, then this course is the one for you. Did you know: The hospitality industry in Scotland employs 10% of the overall workforce It covers a wide range of businesses of all sizes from hotels, restaurants, cafes, pubs, serviced accommodation, conferences and events to commercial and more institutional settings such as hospitals, the armed services, contract catering, care homes and prisons. The industry recruits' vast numbers of workers each year but there is a huge skills shortage with Brexit so you will never be out of work in this area.

What is the course about?

This course covers all aspects of working in the hospitality industry:

  • You will learn about all the different places you can work (from hotels to cruise ships)
  • Job roles in hospitality will be looked at and how your career can progress
  • Specific hospitality business in detail
  • You'll plan, complete and evaluate a period of work experience in the hospitality industry
  • You'll learn about customer care and have the practical experience of doing Barista


What are the entry requirements?

You need National 4 English and Maths as well as a real interest in learning about the hospitality industry. You will also need to have a strong reference from the school that acknowledges that you are fully aware of the time commitment and breadth of study expected from you. Applicants with a relevant level 4 NC qualification gained at the college can also be considered. This course has a demanding practical element, and you are required to be on your feet for long periods of time.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be a mixture of practical observations, projects and assignments.

What should I expect?

This course is approx. 50% practical and 50% theory. There is planning needed for an event and theory to run side by side the practical elements. Please note that you will need to do work experience as part of this course. 

Next Steps

This course provides a foundation for those of you interested in progressing to full time college programmes such as Food and Beverage Service at SCQF level 5, Event Management HNC or for those seeking an entry-level position in the industry.

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2024

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2024

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