HND Travel and Tourism (Fixed Framework)

HN Travel and Tourism - GG27 16 (2013)

Higher National qualifications provide skills and knowledge employers need. They allow advanced university entry internationally.

Set in a global context, the HND in Travel and Tourism (SCQF level 8) provides students with a theoretical knowledge to work in this dynamic and vibrant industry.  The HND covers Air Travel, Tour Guiding, Marketing, Economics, Customer Care and Communication.

This qualification is available through a growing number of colleges and universities around the world. Typically, an HND takes two years to complete

Alternative assessment guidance 2021-22

For guidance on which approach suits your current circumstances please use the HNVQ assessment decision tree.

HND Travel and Tourism (Fixed Framework) alternative assessment approaches (110 KB)

Why deliver this qualification

Higher National qualifications have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities and industry ¿ so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability.

The Unit-based structure supports flexible delivery. A Unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

Who does this qualification suit

The HND Travel and Tourism is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • people who wish to start their own business
  • those who wish to pursue a career in the travel or tourism industries

Entry requirements

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is decided by the college or learning provider. As a guide, the college or learning provider will look for:

  • school-leaving qualifications equivalent to QCF level 3/ SCQF level 6 meaning the student has the ability to study at the higher level
  • a centre-devised test which shows the student's ability to study at HND level
  • relevant work experience

Progression and employment

The HND in Travel and Tourism can provide advanced entry to degree-level study.

For further information please refer to the SQA Diploma to Degree agreements.


Centre and subject approvals are required as outlined here: Approvals Process

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements for technical/occupational competence.

How to assess

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

Ongoing course assessment will apply.


Where can you take this course?

Qualification Verification Summary Reports

Qualification Structure

HND Travel and Tourism

Group Award code: GG27 16 (240 SCQF credit points)

HND Travel and Tourism at SCQF level 8 consists of 22 mandatory Units.

Course Tutor Guide (including Course Framework)

For further information on the structure and Units for this course please refer to the Course Tutor Guide (1.42 MB)