Hospitality HNC

UCAS code 522N

What is special about this course?

Hospitality is a growth industry both nationally and internationally, covering hotels, restaurants, pubs, leisure and travel. It needs good, trained staff and this course introduces you to the supervisory skills required for a successful and fulfilling career.

Our hospitality programmes aim to give you exciting and interesting practical experience in our own kitchens and through our partnerships with external organisations.

Special features

  • You will get hands-on, practical experience
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances
  • Perth College UHI students will also enjoy working in partnership with organisations such as The Gleneagles Hotel


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above OR
  • NQ Food and Hospitality Studies; SVQ 3 Supervision and Leadership; SVQ 3 Professional Cookery OR
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Business Skills
  • You may be required to attend an interview
  • Previous experience in the hospitality industry may be taken into consideration in the application process

Access routes

  • NQ Food and Hospitality Studies
  • SVQ 3 Supervision and Leadership
  • SVQ 3 Professional Cookery
  • Other relevant SVQ/NVQ Level 3

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Hospitality industry
  • Hospitality supervision
  • Hospitality financial and control systems
  • Food hygiene intermediate
  • Food and beverage service
  • Hospitality graded unit 1

Optional units may include:

  • Licensed Premises Operations
  • Work Experience
  • Events Industry an Introduction
  • Personal Development Planning
  • Information Technology Applications Software
  • Creating a Culture of Customer Care
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Food Production Processes
  • Conferences: An Introduction
  • Hospitality Front Office Procedures 1
  • Accommodation Servicing
  • Management of Human Resource Management for the Hospitality Industry 1 

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

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 mainly 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 and practical sessions will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)

You will study by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • Perth College UHI

Start date



For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £448

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £6,855 £7,020
Part-time (per HN credit) £457 £468

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your course you might like to consider careers as trainee manager in hotels, restaurants, industrial catering, pubs and residential homes.

Can I progress into further study?

You may be able to progress to the HND Hospitality Management

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Hospitality HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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 gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.