Skills for Work: Hospitality National 4
(SCQF level 4)

Skills for Work: Hospitality National 4 <br/> (SCQF level 4)

Qualification Information

Skills for Work Hospitality at National 4 (SCQF level 4) provides a broad, practical introduction to the hospitality professions.

The Course enables candidates to experience the professional kitchen and restaurant and to learn about the different roles and responsibilities in hospitality professions. It begins to develop vocational skills and knowledge.

All Units in the Course place emphasis on the employability skills and attitudes that will help to prepare candidates for the workplace. Candidates will have the opportunity to develop the skills involved in preparing, cooking, presenting and serving food and drinks. Candidates will also gain practical experience of working in a realistic working environment.

This qualification is available through schools and colleges.

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Why deliver this qualification

Skills for Work Hospitality at National 4 can be offered full-time, part-time, through open or distance learning, or through evening classes.

This qualification is experiential and learner-centred so candidates can develop practical skills in a realistic work environment where they learn about working in teams and dealing with customers.

This Course focuses on developing generic employability skills needed for success in the workplace through a variety of practical experiences in the health sector. There is considerable flexibility of topics and contexts to facilitate personalisation and choice for learners and centres — and to allow new and stimulating contexts for learning to be built into the Course.

It is anticipated that the Course will build on existing partnerships between schools, colleges of further education, employers and other training providers. Such partnerships will enable the Course to be delivered in a variety of appropriate learning environments with access to relevant teaching expertise.

Who does this qualification suit

This qualification is primarily for school pupils in third year of secondary education and above. It is also suitable for adult returners in a further education environment as a first step into vocationally-related learning.

This qualification is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • pupils from mainstream schools or other education establishments
  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • learners participating in 16+ programmes


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.


This Course may provide candidates with opportunities to progress to:

  • Skills for Work Hospitality at National 5
  • NC Hospitality
  • a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Catering and Hospitality
  • training or employment


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 .

It is essential that the Course is delivered in a realistic environment. Links with local employers will be valuable. Visiting speakers from industry and visits to hospitality establishments will be of benefit to candidates.

Centres will require hospitality facilities for each of the Units in the Course. Both the kitchen and the restaurant will need to be equipped with sufficient equipment, tools and commodities to replicate that found in the industry.

Personal protective clothing will be essential for all candidates when working in the kitchen. This may include chef’s whites and hat. It is also important that the candidates adhere to the house standard for restaurant uniform.

How to assess

Assessment of this Course is mainly through performance of practical activities carried out in the kitchen and front of house. Performance evidence will be supported by assessor observation checklists and candidate self-reviews.

Assessment will also be through candidate investigations on topics such as the various roles and career options within the hospitality industry.

Each Unit is supported by a National Assessment Bank (NAB) item.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

Group Award code C244 74 (24 SCQF credit points)

The Skills for Work Course in Hospitality at SCQF level 4 consists of mandatory Units.

For further information on the structure and units of this qualification please refer to the Course Specification document.

Course Specification

Internal Assessment Reports