Tourist Guiding (North Highlands) CertHE

UCAS code N830
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

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 which 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

  • You will 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 a residential weekend for assessment

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

Modules include:

  • STGA Tourist Guiding Qualification – North Highlands
  • Scotland The Brand
  • Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality
  • Introduction to Customer Centred Business

How will I study my course?

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

You will learn though video conference lectures 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

How much will my course cost?

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:

Certificate of Higher Education 2016-17 2017-18*
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year for two years
£645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

*The Scotland/EU fee has not yet been agreed by the Scottish Government.
The indicative fee level is shown in the table.

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:

Certificate of Higher Education 2016-17 2017-18
Full-time (120 credits) per year £6,510 £6,510
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year for two years £1,300 £1,300
Part-time (per 20 credit module) £434 £434

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:

Certificate of Higher Education 2016-17 2017-18**
Full-time per year
£6,510 £6,510
Part-time (per 20 credit module)** £434 £434

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

What funding can I apply for?

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

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 complete of this course you may be able to progress to a range of university programmes in business, leisure, and tourism.

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Tourist Guiding (North Highlands) CertHE

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates 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.

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