Marine and Coastal Tourism

West Highland College UHI


Fort William Campus, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


This unique course, the first of its kind in the UK, focuses on the many uses of the marine resource and how tourism interacts with these. You will consider many aspects including activities, climate and environment, community, customers and policy from both a UK and international perspective. The degree integrates theory and practice to develop the skills and academic knowledge you will need as a tourism professional working in the marine and coastal sector.

This integrated, practical programme gives you the opportunity to gain experience and National Governing Body awards in activities including sailing, sea kayaking and SCUBA diving. This is supplemented by a programme of guest speakers, visits to shows and conferences, student expeditions and field courses. You will be ideally placed to get involved in a number of very real local development projects, working alongside and learning from the professionals.

Entry Requirements

3 Highers at C or above plus English and Maths at National 5. You may be invited for interview.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Start Date





BA Hons

Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning
Part time (day)

Course Length

8 years


Business and Leisure

SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals