Highland Heritage for Tourism CertHE

Course code N834

What is special about this course?

Embark on a uniquely enriching journey as you delve into the heart of the Highlands, exploring its rich heritage and captivating tourism landscape. Our CertHE Highland Heritage for Tourism course not only immerses you in the cultural tapestry of this iconic region but also imparts invaluable real-life skills and tour guiding expertise. 

While tour guide training is a significant component, the emphasis extends to cultivating skills that are transferable across a spectrum of roles, including leadership, adaptability, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving, all of which are indispensable within the hospitality, cultural, heritage, and tourism sectors. Gain a good understanding of Scotland's historical roots, its current socio-cultural landscape, and the trends shaping its future in the tourism industry and, through examination of the evolution of Scotland's heritage, develop a holistic perspective that will enhance your ability to contribute meaningfully to the sector. 

Glean insights directly from industry experts who bring their wealth of experience to the forefront of your learning experience. This isn't just a programme: it's a transformative exploration where you not only discover the essence of the Highlands but also acquire tangible, transferable skills that elevate your understanding of heritage and tourism, setting you on a path towards professional excellence. Uncover the secrets of the Highlands with us, where every lesson is a step towards a remarkable future in the world of tourism and heritage.

Special features

  • Learn from expert academic, tourism, heritage and tour guiding sector trainers
  • Access extensive virtual resources
  • Make valuable links within the sectors across the Highlands
  • Learn transferrable skills useful across a range of industries

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grades BBC or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grades BC or above
  • At least two of the above should be from the list of relevant academic subjects
  • Applicants without standard entry qualifications, but with appropriate experience or demonstrable interest, may be considered for the course on an individual basis

Year 1 - CertHE

You will study the following core modules:

  • Och aye the noo: introduction to Highlands and Islands tourism
  • Scotland the brand
  • Step into the Highlands

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of video-conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year @ 16 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 2 years @ 8 hours per week
  • Part-time (unstructured): up to 4 years

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Orkney
  • This fully online course can be studied from anywhere in the world. You should apply to, and will be enrolled and supported by, UHI Orkney

Start date

  • September
  • January


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
CertHE 2023-24 2024-25
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year for two years £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

CertHE 2023-24 2024-25
Full-time (120 credits) per year £7,110 £7,110
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £3,555 £3,555
Part-time (per 20 credit module) £1,185 £1,185

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying (see the Funding section opposite).

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

CertHE 2022-23 2023-24
Full-time per year £7,440 £7,980
Part-time (per 20 credit module) £1,240 £1,330

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Tour guiding
  • Heritage industry
  • Cultural industry
  • Hospitality

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Apply for Highland Heritage for Tourism CertHE

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2024 or Jan/Feb 2025

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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 gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.