SQA Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management


Engage and be challenged to become creative, entrepreneurial, and a critically informed dynamic graduate who can excel in your chosen field of work within hospitality business management. 

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management and AAS College develop the management, supervisory and interpersonal skills required for employment in the hospitality industry. It covers management of accommodation, accounting, human resource management, management of hospitality organizations, and management of food and beverage operations.

Students will also gain an understanding of the structure and organization of the industry, and its influence on the economy, skills and knowledge that employers need. Set in a global context, the SQA Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management provides students with an understanding of accommodation servicing, food and beverage operations, and hospitality.

This course will provide graduates with a wide range of opportunities to work in excellent hotels, country clubs, theme parks, leisure centres, exhibition venues and catering services.


2 years

Educational form:

Education Variants:


Start Date:
14th June 2021 & 27th September 2021

British Advanced Diploma:
SQA Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management


The SQA Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management award has a range of aims relating to academic and vocational progression. These are:

Developing skills such as:

    • planning and analysis
    • problem-solving
    • study and research
    • critical and evaluative thinking
    • the ability to be flexible
    • to work co-operatively with others

Gaining an understanding of:

    • the structure and organization of the industry
    • the influence of the industry on the economy

Developing knowledge and skills in the main operational areas, such as:

    • food and beverage
    • service styles and techniques
    • food hygiene and control systems


Learning activities

Lectures, Tutorials, Study packs, Problem-based scenarios, Case studies, Group/team work, Online materials, IT based teaching materials, Projects, Quizzes, Research and presentation, of findings to fellow students, Role play, Short-response questions, multiple choice questions, Create questions for other students (with answers), etc.



Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are able to move into a wide variety of areas within the hospitality industry and pursue a career in:

    • Hotel management
    • Conference and exhibition management
    • Food services management
    • Resort and property management
    • Travel services

Programme at a glance

SQA Advanced Diplomas are made up of 240 SCQF credit points, at SCQF level 8, and usually take two years to complete

Year 1

Accommodation Servicing

Business Accounting

Food and Beverage Service

Food Hygiene Intermediate

Hospitality Financial and Control Systems

Hospitality Front Office Procedures 1

Hospitality Front Office Procedures 2

Hospitality Industry

Hospitality Supervision

Information Technology: Applications Software 1

Managing Hospitality Organisations 2

Work Placement1

Hospitality Management: Graded Unit 1

Year 2

Accommodation Management


Managing Financial Resources in Hospitality

Human Resource Management Practice

Kitchen Planning and Design

Management of Food and Beverage Operations

Managing People and Organisations

Hospitality Management: Graded Unit 2

Diploma to Degree — a pathway to university and further study

SQA Advanced Qualifications do not just qualify for career development they can also enable advanced entry into many undergraduate degree programmes in universities and Higher Education Institutions across the world.

Learners can study in their own country before progressing onto universities in their own country, region or abroad to complete a degree, entering directly into third year. This option can be a cost effective route to studying abroad and achieving a degree at an international Higher Education Institution.

We make this journey as smooth as possible through our Diploma to Degree programme. SQA has collaborated and set up articulation agreements with a number of highly regarded international institutions in countries such as the UK, USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand covering various progression models including online delivery.

These institutions recognise the SQA Advanced Diploma for advanced entry and provide students with a quality learning experience.


Admissions Requirements

Entry to the Programme will require:

  • High School Diploma and transcript
  • Minimum requirement of a proficiency level of English Language equivalent to IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550
  • Passport
  • AAS Application Form completed