SCQF Level 6
Travel & Tourism, International & Commercial

Course Overview

Sharpen your people skills and join an expanding workforce as you take your first step towards a rewarding career as a tour guide. This is an introductory course that will allow you to develop the necessary skills and knowledge you will need to become an effective tour guide. This is an evening class and you will take part in practical simulations at various sites in Edinburgh and gain hands-on and practical experience of the tourism sector. There will be an opportunity for job shadowing where you will make essential industry connections. You will be taught by the best in the business and learn the basics of tour guiding; from the history of Scotland to how to plan an event as well as crowd control.

What You Will Learn
  • Scotland and Edinburgh product knowledge 
  • People and group management 
  • Customer care 
  • Logistics and problem-solving Itineraries and time management 
  • Accidents and reporting (health and safety) 
  • Presentation skills 
  • Job shadowing and practical tour guiding skills / on-site skills
Entry Requirements
  • Experience in a customer facing role
  • Enthusiasm and a passion for the industry reflected in your personal statement
  • A foreign language would be an advantage
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • You will be assessed through a mix of practical role-plays and written assessments. 

Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Travel and Tourism with Airport and Airline Operations HNC

Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
  • Tour guide
Number Of Days Per Week
  • One evening per week - Tuesday 17.45 -20.45 at Sighthill Campus
Course Cost And Funding Options
Fee: £321 Sighthill part-time (year 1)
Start Date and Time

Part Time

This course will start on…
  • Tuesday 29/09/2020
End Date

Part Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 27/11/2020
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