NC Hospitality

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The National Certificate (NC) in Hospitality is available at SCQF levels 4 and 5 and helps to prepare candidates for further education or employment in a range of occupational areas within the hospitality industry.

The NC in Hospitality at SCQF level 4 is designed to introduce candidates to the hospitality industry and focuses on the areas of food preparation and cooking, food service, reception and accommodation.

The NC in Hospitality at SCQF level 5 is designed to equip candidates with the skills required to work in the hospitality industry. It will allow candidates to develop organisational skills as well as skills in working front of house and in food preparation and cooking. Candidates will also gain an awareness of working safely and the importance of customer care in the hospitality industry.

These NCs are normally delivered in colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

The NCs in Hospitality allow for flexible delivery. They can be offered full-time, part-time, through open or distance learning, or through evening classes.

These qualifications provide a strong foundation for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the hospitality and tourism industry. They offer an insight into the different industry job roles and allow a good degree of practical application.

Achievement of these qualifications is nationally recognised and certificated.

Who does this qualification suit

These qualifications are aimed at anyone interested in learning basic skills in hospitality and would suit a wide range of candidates, including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners
  • migrants to the UK
  • candidates whose first language is not English

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Some Units in the level 4 NC require candidates to interact with customers, therefore good communication skills would be an advantage.

For the level 5 NC, it would be beneficial for candidates to have relevant Standard Grades at General level or the NC in Hospitality at SCQF level 4.

Progression

These NCs offer candidates the opportunity to progress into further education or employment.

Candidates could progress to SVQs within the Hospitality sector. Level 5 candidates could also progress to HNC/HND qualifications in Hospitality or Professional Cookery.

The level 4 NC could open up employment opportunities in cafés, restaurants, hospitals and leisure centres.

The level 5 NC could lead to employment in the following roles: commis chef, waiter, housekeeper or front office assistant.

Approval

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

The NC Hospitality Units are suited to practical methods of delivery and assessment. Ongoing course assessment will apply and external assessment is also a requirement.

There are opportunities to combine the delivery and assessment of various Units. For example, Food Preparation Techniques, Cookery Processes and Organisation of Practical Skills work well together. Assessment Support Packs (ASPs) identify specific opportunities for integration with other Units.

Assessment Support Packs (ASPs) for these qualifications can be accessed from SQA’s secure website. ASPs are available for all of the mandatory Units within the level 4 NC. ASPs are available for three of the Units within the level 5 NC. These can be downloaded from SQA’s secure website. The ASPs are important for making sure that the delivery of the Units is linked to Hospitality-related situations.

NABs are available for all Units. These can be downloaded from SQA’s secure website.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Course Overview and Skills Development Summary

 

Arrangements Documents

Assessment Support Packs

NABs are available for all Units. These can be downloaded from SQA’s secure website.

Structure

NC in Hospitality at SCQF level 4

The National Certificate in Hospitality consists of seven mandatory units (36 SCQF credit points) and six optional units (36 SCQF credit points) from a choice of 13 at SCQF level 4.

Group Award Code: G93V 44 (72 SCQF credit points) at SCQF level 4.

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Group Award Specification (arrangements) document.

Group Award Specification - NC in Hospitality at SCQF level 4

NC in Hospitality at SCQF level 5

The National Certificate in Hospitality consists of eight mandatory units (42 SCQF credit points) and five optional units (30 SCQF credit points) from a choice of 32 at SCQF levels 5 and 6.

Group Award Code: G9FL 45 (72 SCQF credit points) at SCQF level 5.

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Group Award Specification (arrangements) document.

Group Award Specification - NC in Hospitality at SCQF level 5

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