Marine and Coastal Tourism

West Highland College UHI


Fort William Campus, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


This unique course is the first of its kind in the UK, focusing on the many uses of the marine resource, and how tourism interacts with these. Examples are drawn from both the UK and internationally.

Theory and practice are integrated, with classroom based sessions on sustainable development, business management, climate and environment, and the scope and scale of the industry. This is underpinned with the opportunity to develop personal skills and leadership awards in a variety of activities, including sailing, powerboat, sea kayaking, surf, SUP, snorkelling and SCUBA, and coasteering. Practical sessions also include guiding and interpretation skills and a science-based overview of these environments.

Students have the opportunity to become involved in real development projects, as they happen, including working with the Lochaber Chamber of Commerce as Fort William welcomes the cruise ship industry, and the development of a new 80 berth marina at Corpach.

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, Leisure and Tourism

SCQF Level