Developing Skills for Effective Tour Guiding

Edinburgh College


Sighthill Campus


This is an introductory course that will allow you to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to become an effective tour guide. The course provides the opportunity to take part in practical simulations at various sites in Edinburgh and gain a working knowledge of Scottish history geography and heritage. You will also gain a greater insight into the many and varied Edinburgh visitor attractions. There may also be an opportunity for job shadowing.

Units include:
Scotland and Edinburgh product knowledge; People and group management; Customer care; Logistics and problem solving; Itineraries and time management; Accidents and reporting (health and safety); Presentation skills; Job shadowing; Practical tour guiding skills/on-site skills.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements. A foreign language would be an advantage.

Progression Routes

Tour guiding

Start Date



College Cert

Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

7 weeks


Travel and Tourism

SCQF Level