Higher National Diploma in Tour Guiding Full-Time


The Institute of Tourism Studies will also be offering the Higher National Diploma in Tour Guiding on part-time basis. If you are interested in applying for the part-time programme, please click HERE.*



MQF Level

Total Credits
120 ECTS

Programme Duration
3 Semesters +280hours placement

Programme Learning Outcomes
•    Understand the role of the tourist guide and manage the complex concepts of well organised tours.
•    Be creative in the design and management of historical and thematic tours.
•    Evaluate and anticipate customer expectations during the implementation process of tour guiding.
•    Understand and explain the detailed historical and cultural content of various itineraries and sites.
•    Manage small tour groups and ensure safety and customer satisfaction at all times.

Entry Criteria
•    A combination of a minimum of 3 Advanced and Intermediate levels, of which one needs to be an Advanced level (MQF level 4) pass. These qualifications must add up to a minimum of 44 points as per matrix provided on page xxx AND passes at grade 5 (SSC&P level 3) or better in SEC examinations in English, Mathematics and Maltese. (Non-Maltese applicants have the option to replace Maltese O Level with their native language O level).  The successful completion of the Princes’ Trust programme is considered as equivalent to one O level.
•    An ITS Diploma in Events Operations, Rooms Division, Travel and Tourism, Food Preparation and Production and Food and Beverage Service MQF Level 4 (or equivalent).
•    Apply as a mature student, at least 23 years of age by the beginning of the academic year applied for, and subject to proficiency and/or aptitude tests as per direction of the ITS.  The ITS also reserves the right to subject the candidate for an interview and/or an RPL procedure prior to acceptance.

Job Roles May Include
•    Freelance Tourist Guide
•    Gallery Site Officer
•    Museum Interpretation Officer
•    Tourist Information Centre Manager

Additional Information
A profiling interview upon admission may be conducted in order to better assist students with their learning process.
Admissions of special cases will be referred to ITS’ Admissions Board.


* In all instances ITS may decide to refrain from organising a particular course mentioned above in case the number of applicants is low or for any other reason it deems necessary.

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