HND Hospitality Management

The Higher National Diploma (HND) in Hospitality Management at SCQF level 8 has been designed to equip candidates with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for employment in the hospitality industry.

This HND develops management, supervisory and interpersonal skills in the main operational areas which include food and beverage service styles and techniques, food hygiene and control systems. Candidates also undertake optional Units allowing an element of specialisation in areas such as food preparation, marketing and licensed house operations.

This qualification is available through colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

The HND in Hospitality Management meets the needs of employers in a broad range of Hospitality businesses.

The qualification includes a wide choice of optional Units, allowing centres to tailor the Course to suit their individual candidates and circumstances.

This qualification opens up the possibility of progression to further academic and/or professional qualifications.

Who does this qualification suit

The HND in Hospitality Management is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • candidates in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • candidates who wish to start their own business and require a broad grounding in business


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Candidate Information

HND Hospitality Management helps candidates to gain an understanding of both supervisory and managerial roles within the hospitality industry, and the skills required for such roles. Candidates will learn to apply and integrate these skills and expand their knowledge across different hospitality management areas such as: the management of accommodation, accounting, human resource management, management of hospitality organisations, and management of food and beverage operations. Candidates will also gain an understanding of the structure and organisation of the industry, and its influence on the economy.

Candidates will develop knowledge and skills in the main operational areas, such as food and beverage service styles and techniques, and food hygiene and control systems. There are a significant number of optional Units to choose from, allowing candidates to develop their knowledge in other areas or to specialise in a chosen area relevant to future (or current) employment or progression within Higher Education.

Candidates will also be able to develop their planning, analysis, study, research and critical and evaluative thinking skills.


The HND provides a route to degree level study at higher education institutions.


What approvals are needed?

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

Units are assessed via a number of methods including case study reports, practical performance and written assessment under controlled conditions. Unit specifications are available for each Unit and detail exactly what the Evidence Requirements and assessment procedures are.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools


Qualification Structure

HND Hospitality Management

Group Award code: GF4R 16 (240 SCQF credit points)

 This HND in Hospitality Management consists of 16 mandatory Units (176 SCQF credit points) (22 HN credits) and the limited option sections comprise a minimum of 16 SCQF points (2 HN credits). A further 24–48 SCQF points (3–6 HN credits) from the optional Unit groupings are required depending on Units selected in the limited option groupings. Learners must achieve 30 credits (240 SCQF credit points) to gain this qualification.

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

Group Award Specification


This Group Award has been replaced by GF4R 16 and finishes 31/07/2016.

Centres should note that when a Group Award is entered into its lapsing period, the following will apply:

  • the Group Award will be deleted from the relevant catalogue
  • the Group Award Arrangement document will remain until the qualification reaches its finish date at which point it will be removed form SQA website and archived
  • no new centres may be approved to offer the Group Award
  • centres should only enter candidates whom they expect to complete the Group Award during the defined lapsing period of 3 years for HNC and 4 years for HND. 

Group Award Specification