Travel & Tourism NPA

What is special about this course?

This part-time qualification allows you to study Travel & Tourism from home or work, as CPD. 

The NPA provides a broad overview of the travel and tourism industry, with a focus on Scotland and the UK as a tourism product. It also includes some customer care focus, relevant to the majority of tourism roles.

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements, 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:  

  • English at National 5 (SCQF level 5) or above  
  • Travel and Tourism units at SCQF level 5  
  • Social Subject at National 5 (SCQF level 5) or above  
  • Relevant work/life experience

This NPA contains 4 SQA units covering the following subjects: 

  • Travel and Tourism in the UK 
  • An Introduction to the Scottish Tourism Product 
  • An Introduction to the Travel Industry 
  • Skills for Customer Care  


You will need to have access to a device which supports the use of Office 365, and has both speaker and microphone ability.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Online

Option of Flexible learning through listening to lesson recordings and accessing learning materials released weekly at a time that suits you and/or attendance of live classes. 

How long will my course last?

34 Weeks

August 2022 - June 2023, 10 hours per week

How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed through a mixture of written and practical assessment tasks, some of which may be closed book.

Where can I study my course?

    Please note, UHI West Highland will be changing its name to UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study.

Start date

August 2022




A Fee Waiver or funding of up to £200 could be available to help with payment of course fees, depending on your personal circumstances.

This support will be available for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. To be eligible, you must have income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits.

You will also not be undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

Travel expenses are available if you live 2 miles or more away from the centres providing this course. 

Please contact your local college centre for more information about eligibility, or call us on 01397 874000.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You may wish to progress from to one of our other related NPA courses: 

This course may allow access to our full time courses in Business Administration, or work based SVQ qualifications.

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Apply for Travel & Tourism NPA

I want to start in 2023/24

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI West Highland. Please note, UHI West Highland will be changing its name to UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study. UHI West Highland operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.