SCQF Level 5
Travel & Tourism, International & Commercial

Course Overview

Activity and adventure tourism in Scotland is experiencing significant growth and there are many exciting opportunities if you are looking to pursue a career involving helping others to enjoy adventurous activities.

Business has grown in areas including mountain climbing, sailing, mountain biking, canyoning, skiing, kayaking, and gorge walking and in more gentler activities including wildlife watching, golfing, hill walking, food and drink and heritage trails.

Through this course, you will challenge yourself to develop your skills in the outdoors gain qualifications and experience some of the rivers and waterways of Scotland as you acquire skills in paddle sports.


The practical element of this course (paddle sports) combined with theoretical learning and teaching will ensure that you are very employable when you complete this course.

What You Will Learn
  • Overview of activity and special interest tourism in its widest sense giving you the skills knowledge and understanding of this developing sector of tourism.
  • You will also engage in activity tourism pursuits understand various tourism products meet employers and research the skills required for the operation of activity tourism enterprises 
  • Usually, one day per week is spent learning outside the classroom undertaking practical tasks and activities (paddle sports)
  • Other units include: First Aid, Sustainable Tourism, Customer Care Skills, Tour Guiding and ICT
Entry Requirements

  • A minimum requirement of 5 National 4s to include English & Maths or Communications and Numeracy or equivalent.
  • Or successful completion of NPA in Activity and Adventure Tourism with climbing award.
  • Industry experience.

English Proficiency Requirements
  • 5.5 IELTS
How the course is assessed
  • Practical assessments in paddle sports skills, tests, role plays and closed book assessments
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • Applicants should bring their SQA certificate and evidence of any other relevant qualifications to the group interview. Group interviews will be held at Granton campus throughout December and early January
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • 1 year NC Travel and Tourism course starting in August 
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities

  • Into employment or self-employment in the activity and adventure tourism sector 
  • Outdoor instructor
  • Activity guide

Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week at Granton campus 
Course Cost And Funding Options
Course Delivery
GRANTON x x x x x
MIDLOTHIAN x x x x x
MILTON RD x x x x x
SIGHTHILL x x x x x
OUTREACH x x x x x

Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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