North Highlands Tourist Guiding CertHE

UCAS code N830
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What is special about this course?

This unique one year SCQF level 7 programme aims to create fully trained Tourist Guides for the North Highlands area. Students will achieve a nationally recognised Scottish Tourist Guides Association (STGA) Green Badge qualification, along with qualifications in managing and promoting their own businesses, as part of a higher education qualification. Students can then be articulated into a number of University of the Highlands and Islands degrees.

This course will appeal to those seeking to work in the tourism industry and those already working there who wish to upskill and gain recognised qualifications.

Special features

  • Gain a nationally recognised tourist guiding qualification
  • Learn from expert academic and tourist guide trainers from the North Highlands area
  • Access extensive virtual resources
  • Take part in residential weekends for assessment


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

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade C or above
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications and/or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Year 1 - CertHE

Mandatory modules are:

  • STGA North Highlands Tourist Guiding 
  • Och aye the noo: Highlands and Islands tourism

You will also choose one option from the following:

  • Scotland the brand
  • Introduction to tourism and hospitality
  • Marine and coastal tourism in the UK

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (Structured)
  • Part-time (Unstructured)

You will learn though video conference lectures, residential weekends and an online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) comprising academic content; guide training; and virtual field trips.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time (Structured): 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Highland Theological College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September - this course start date is subject to suffcient numbers


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 £1,285
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year for two years £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £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, the following fees apply:

Full-time (120 credits) per year £6,720
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year for two years £3,360
Part-time (per 20 credit module) £1,120

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:

Full-time per year £6,855
Part-time (per 20 credit module)** £1,140

*This course is not available for international students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

Additional Costs

Students will have to fund travel to and accommodation in Inverness, or the required area for training.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Graduates can become self-employed as tourist guides or work in the North Highlands tourist industry.

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of this course you may be able to progress on to:

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for North Highlands Tourist Guiding CertHE

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2020

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.