SQA Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management

SQA Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management (SCQF level 8) develops the management, supervisory and interpersonal skills required for employment in the hospitality industry.

It covers management of accommodation, accounting, human resource management, management of hospitality organisations, and management of food and beverage operations. Students will also gain an understanding of the structure and organisation of the industry, and its influence on the economy.

This qualification is available through a growing number of colleges and universities around the world.

Typically an SQA Advanced Diploma takes two years to complete.

Why deliver this qualification

SQA Advanced Diplomas 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 SQA Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management 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


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 RQF level 3 or SCQF level 6
  • a centre-devised test which shows the student’s ability to study at SQA Advanced Diploma level
  • relevant work experience


The SQA Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management can provide advanced entry to degree-level study. For further information please refer to the SQA university agreements.

Offer this qualification

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

Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for the unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Qualification structure

Group award code: GM8W 48 (240 SCQF credit points)

This SQA Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management consists of 15 mandatory units (176 SCQF credit points) and limited option sections which contribute a minimum of 16 SCQF points. A further 24–64 SCQF points are required from the optional unit groupings, depending on the units selected in the limited option groupings.

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the arrangements document.


For further information on the structure for this course please see the arrangements document - GM8W 48. (794 KB)

Unit specifications