Hospitality Services SQA Level 4

What is special about this course?

This is a fantastic course for anyone wanting to start a career in the hospitality industry.  The course will give you the skills and knowledge to work as a Kitchen Assistant or Kitchen Porter.  You will develop basic knowledge of how a professional kitchen works as well as some basic vegetable and some food preperation.  Basic food service skills may be included.

You also develop confidence and skills in working in our training kitchen, producing food for the Overblikk restaurant.

Work experience and/or SQA units at level 3 or a National Progression Award


Work experience and/or SQA units at level 3 or a National Progression Award

Entry requirements

Work experience and/or SQA units at level 3 or National Progression Award

This Level 1 course requires you to complete 10 units.  Three of these are mandatory.  In addition, you will be required to complete seven optional units; these units will be selected by the Course Leader:

  • Maintain Health and Safety in Hospitality
  • Maintain Excellent Standards of Personal Behaviour in Hospitality
  • Work Effectively as Part of a Hospitality Team
  • Clean and Store Crockery and Cutlery
  • Help to Clean and Maintain Furnished Areas
  • Prepare and Clear Areas for Food and Beverage Service
  • Prepare Vegetables
  • Prepare and Cook Meat and Poultry
  • Prepare Hot and Cold Sandwiches
  • Package Food for Delivery


How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Work based

How long will my course last?

1 Year

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    Start date



    Full time

    If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

    Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

    Part time

    Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

    If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Kitchen Assistant/Kitchen Porter

    Is there more information available online?

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    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Orkney College UHI. Orkney College UHI 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.