NC Travel and Tourism

NC Travel and Tourism

National Certificates (NCs) are practical qualifications designed to equip learners with the knowledge and skills (including Core Skills) required for further study or to gain employment.

The mandatory Units in each of these qualifications cover areas that are important in all sectors of the industry such as customer service, employability skills, selling skills, sustainability issues, and knowledge of the industry itself.

Optional Units provide the scope to specialise in, for example, retail and business travel, cabin crew, activity tourism, airport ground operations, guiding, resort work, or languages.

National Certificates are designed for full-time delivery over one year (or part-time over two years) and are available in a number of centres across Scotland.

Why deliver this qualification

NCs bridge the progression gap from school attainment to HN and other study. They are suitable for school leavers and those seeking a route back into study at non-advanced level. They are trusted qualifications having been developed by practitioners with the support of employers in the sector.

The NCs in Travel and Tourism are straightforward to deliver and slot readily into centre timetables.

They can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • infill into existing classes
  • evening provision
  • January start, ‘Access to HN Course’

National Certificates have e-assessment and e-learning options — improving flexibility and enabling time and cost savings.

National Certificates include opportunities for learners to develop Core Skills.

Who does this qualification suit

This NC is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • learners looking to progress to an HNC/HND
  • candidates in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • employers who wish their employees to take part in short, continuing professional development courses
  • candidates who are seeking national recognition of their achievements
  • learners who want to study at a pace and style that they determine

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Learners would benefit from having attained the skills, knowledge and understanding required by one or more of the following or equivalent qualifications and/or experience.

National Certificate in Travel and Tourism at SCQF level 5:

  • English at National 4 (SCQF level 4) or above
  • Travel and Tourism Units at SCQF level 4
  • a social subject at National 4 (SCQF level 4) or above

National Certificate in Travel and Tourism at SCQF level 6:

  • English at National 5 (SCQF level 5) or above
  • Travel and Tourism Units at SCQF level 5
  • a social subject at National 5 (SCQF level 5)

Progression

The NCs in Travel and Tourism may provide progression opportunities to:

  • an HNC/HND in Travel and Tourism or a related area
  • an SVQ or modern apprenticeship in the travel and tourism sector or a related area
  • employment in the travel and tourism sector

Approval

Centres not already approved to deliver this qualification need 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

Each Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for the Unit.

Assessment of these NCs is through a series of theoretical and practical assessments or tasks. Some assessments will be carried out under supervised open-book conditions, others under supervised closed-book conditions.

Assessment Support Packs (ASPs) are available for selected Units and can be found on SQA’s secure website.

Formative e-assessments have been developed for selected Units and can be downloaded from: www.sqasolar.org.uk/openassess.

There are opportunities to combine the delivery and assessment of various Units. For example, Travel and Tourism: An Introduction (SCQF level 5) and Sustainable Travel and Tourism: An Introduction (SCQF level 5) work well together. ASPs identify specific opportunities for integration with other Units.

There are opportunities for candidates to develop Core Skills during the delivery and assessment of these NCs.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification structure

Group Award Specification NC Travel and Tourism (780 KB)

Group Award code: GK64 45

SCQF level: 5

The National Certificates in Travel and Tourism at SCQF level 5 consists of six mandatory Units (36 SCQF credit points) and six optional Units (36 SCQF credit points).

Group Award code: GK63

SCQF level: 6

The National Certificate in Travel and Tourism at SCQF level 6 consists of eight mandatory Units (48 SCQF credit points) and four optional Units (24 SCQF credit points).

Qualification Verification Summary Reports