Guided learning

Tourism is the heartbeat of the Scottish economy – supporting communities and creating jobs in every corner of the country and a new course is helping to inspire those who are interested in a career in tourism.

The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) will be offering a unique course aimed at students already in the tourism industry or aspiring guides who want to get into the industry in the north Highland area from September.

The certificate in higher education tourist guiding (North Highlands) is now taking applications and is specifically designed for the north Highland area, but can be studied across the various university sites. Students attending for the one year full-time course will also gain a green badge qualification for the Scottish Tourist Guides Association. The course has developed from a successful green badge programme that was created in Orkney to capitalise on the increased cruise ship traffic to the island.

The Scottish Tourist Guides Association is working in partnership with Professor Donna Heddle of the University of the Highlands and Islands on the course. The university is also developing virtual bus tours to support the new course. The online tours will allow students to learn remotely by experiencing a virtual tour with accurate mapping, a route plan and all other necessary further information embedded in their online learning experience.

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