Hospitality Management BA (Hons)

UCAS code NN28

What is special about this course?

Scotland and the Highlands have a proud heritage in hospitality. The BA (Hons) Hospitality Management allows an opening into this diverse and dynamic industry through a well thought out mix of practical and hands-on education with a strong management focus. A wide range of industry links provide opportunities for networking and developing broad based experience, both at home and abroad.

The course provides a strong element of work experience across each year of study to develop skills and experience. 

A blended learning approach to delivery includes video conferencing, peer working groups and online tutorials and discussions. All are fully supported by tutors and studies advisors. This will be enhanced by regular networking, field trips and guest lectures.

Special features

  • The course strongly focusses on work placements
  • This is a highly practical course where you learn through direct experience working in the sector
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances


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

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above PLUS
  • 2 Standard Grades at 3, or 2 GCSEs at grade C
  • You may enter year two of the degree if you have successfully completed an HNC in a tourism, hospitality or business subject, in some cases with a bridging unit 
  • You may enter year three of the degree if you have successfully completed an HND in tourism, hospitality, professional cookery, or business subject.
  • If you have other relevant academic or professional qualifications or experience your application will also be considered

Access routes

Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BA (Hons) Hospitality Management with a grade profile of CCC in one of the below courses:

  • Access to: Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (North East Scotland College)
  • Access to: Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Community, Education and Humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to: Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Perth College UHI)
  • Access to: Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: University Study (Dundee & Angus College)
  • NQ Access to: Social Sciences (West Lothian College)
  • NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules may include:

  • Introduction to food production service
  • Introduction to food and beverage services
  • Introduction to tourism and hospitality
  • Introduction to hospitality management systems
  • Preparing for work-based and placement learning

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Introduction to people management and organisational behaviour
  • Introduction to customer centred business

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules may include:

  • Skills for hospitality managers
  • Food and beverage operations
  • Work placement: team working and communication
  • Contemporary marketing
  • Management accounting

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Event planning and organisation
  • Management information systems

Year 3 - BA

Core modules may include:

  • Quality customer care in the hospitality industry
  • Corporate responsibility and sustainability in hospitality
  • Work placement: industry specific skills.

You will also choose two option modules which may include:

  • Marketing communications
  • Employment law in the HR context
  • Research skills

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will study business strategy and choose further option modules which may include

  • Dissertation (double credit)
  • Research and plan a new business venture (double credit)
  • Work placement professional practice
  • Employee relations
  • Strategic marketing
  • Major event analysis
  • Global management


How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures in the classroom, as well as individual online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), supported by your tutors and classmates 
  • You will learn practical skills in college and working with local hospitality businesses

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January – Part-time only


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:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

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

    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free** free**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).

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 whilst 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:

  2018-19 2019-20
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £11,100 £11,650
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,550 £5,820
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,850 £1,940

**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Extensive and diverse opportunities within hospitality operations and management
  • Front-of-house and customer-facing roles in hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs etc

Can I progress into further study?

Possible progression from the BA (Hons) Hospitality Management, after gaining relevant professional experience, to the following courses:


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I want to start in Jan/Feb 2020 or Aug/Sep 2020 or Jan/Feb 2021

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