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Hotel, Restaurant And Bar Operations NQ

(SCQF level 5)

Food, Events, Hospitality & Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure

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Mode of Study


Start Date

28th Aug 2023, 1 year


City Campus


This is an exciting course, which provides you with the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment in the hospitality/events industry. This NQ Hotel, Restaurant and Bar Operations course focuses on developing your practical skills for the hospitality/events industry e.g. food and beverage service, front office, customer care, housekeeping, event organising and hospitality administration skills.

This course will prepare you for progression to NQ Hospitality (Level 6) or the NQ Events Organisation (Level 6) and develops your employability skills to allow you to work in the main sectors of the hospitality industry including restaurants, bars, hotels, event and contract catering at a practical level, serving and dealing with customers.


Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • One National 5 qualification at Grade C or above AND three National 4 qualifications including English and Mathematics; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area or we'll make an offer based on your application form.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

You'll study subjects related to hotel operations, bar operations and events operations at NQ level 5 including:-

  • Food and Beverage Service.
  • Non Alcoholic Beverages.
  • Event Organising.
  • Alcoholic Beverages.
  • Housekeeping and Hotel Reception Skills.

After the course


The course will prepare you for a job in the hotel, restaurant and bar sectors of the hospitality industry.

Continuing Study

You can progress to the Level 6 NQ Hotel, Restaurant and Bar operations course after the successful completion of this level 5 course.


How the course is taught

This is a practical course with many of your classes taking place in a practical setting. There are some theory-based units, numeracy and costing, which are delivered in an interactive classroom setting.

You will be taught in our two restaurants, the Bistro and Scholars’. You will organise live events and gain knowledge on the making and serving of wines and spirits. Hotel reception skills and hotel housekeeping skills will also be taught.

Assessment methods

There are a range of assessment methods which include, multiple-choice questions, practical observation checklist, short report writing and self-study projects.

Additional Information


It would be helpful if you had a laptop for the course.

Dress code

You will be required to wear a college uniform when you are being taught in our restaurants. This uniform is provided by the college.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    28th Aug 2023, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus