NPA in Travel Agency Skills at SCQF level 6

NPA in Travel Agency Skills at SCQF level 6

National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas, linked to National Occupational Standards. The NPA in Travel Agency Skills at SCQF level 6 introduces learners to knowledge and skills that are important in the travel sector.

Throughout this Group Award there will be a focus on group work, role play and developing skills in communication, working with others and selling skills.

The qualification covers areas such as work placement, selling the travel and tourism product, travel products and services, leisure and business tourist destinations.

This qualification will allow the learner to develop a working knowledge of popular travel routes and skills in creating touring programmes and itinerary planning, develop basic knowledge and skills required to identify and select appropriate travel products and services to meet customer requirements, using online systems, develop an understanding of the nature of the travel and tourism product/service and equip the learner with the knowledge and skills required to sell effectively in that particular context, and plan and carry out a suitable work placement.

The qualification is available through colleges, college/school partnerships and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

The NPA in Travel Agency Skills at SCQF level 6 offers current, fit for purpose, bite-sized chunks of learning that are straightforward for centres to adopt and for learners to study. New skills can be gained quickly and cost effectively.

NPAs provide opportunities for partnership delivery that can provide benefits for partners and increase options for learners.

NPAs can add value and breadth to a CV for a learner by developing vocational skills.

This NPA is set at SCQF level 6 allowing clear progression and development routes to:

  • higher level education
  • to employment

This NPA provides opportunities to develop:

  • Core Skills
  • transferable skills
  • employability skills

The NPA could be offered in one of the following modes:

  • full-time (eg as a fast-track into full a NC or HN programme)
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • infill into existing classes
  • evening provision

Who does this qualification suit

The NPA is suitable for:

  • learners who are at school or who may have just left school
  • mature candidates who may have been out of education for a long period of time and interested in moving into a career in the travel sector
  • those who are looking to access HN programmes
  • learners who want to study at a pace and style that they determine
  • individuals who are seeking national recognition of their achievements

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre. However 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 5 qualifications including English (or equivalent)
  • Units in Travel and Tourism at SCQF level 5

Progression

The NPA could provide progression to:

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

Approval

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

Centres without devolved authority require 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 Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

How to assess

Assessment of this award will be a combination of practical and knowledge assessments under closed- and open-book assessment conditions. It is recommended that centres refer to the assessment and Evidence Requirements for each Unit.

Assessment support packs are available for this qualification.

The delivery of the award is at the individual centre’s discretion. 

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualifications Structure

Group Award code: GM6K 46 (24 SCQF credit points)

The NPA in Travel Agency Skills at SCQF level 6 consists of 4 mandatory Units (24 SCQF credit points). 

Group Award Specification