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Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Services

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This course is a three-year full-time level 7 programme designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to perform effectively at the supervisory level within the tourism and hospitality services sector. The programme aims to provide students with strong operational, business, management, and marketing skills to enhance their supervisory expertise.

Provider Locations and Structure

Year 1: Learners will undertake their studies in Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training (KCETB)

Years 2 & 3: Learners will undertake their studies in SETU (South East Technical University) Waterford Campus.

Course Content – For All Years

Year 1, Semester 1 (Mandatory)

  • Communication
  • Intro to Management
  • Intro to Marketing
  • The Tourism System
  • Restaurant Service
  • Intro to Tourism and Hospitality Operations

Year 1, Semester 1 (Mandatory)

  • Information Communication Technology
  • Marketing Mix
  • Tourism Studies
  • Accommodation Supervision
  • Beverage and Wine Studies
  • Front Office Fundamentals

Year 2, Semester 1 (Mandatory)

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Studies
  • Intercultural Studies for the Global Workplace 

Year 2, Semester 2 (Mandatory)

  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Business Research
  • Hospitality & Tourism Career & Professional Development Seminar Series 
  • Events Management

Year 3, Semester 1 (Mandatory)

  • Work Placement-Tourism and Hospitality

Year 3, Semester 2 (Mandatory)

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Human Resource Management for Tourism & Hospitality Managers 1
  • Services Marketing 
  • Applied Revenue Mgt for Tourism & Hospitality

Embedded Awards

This tertiary degree is a comprehensive 3 year programme. The programme is designed to support academic success despite challenges that may arise. If a student has to leave the programme before completing the final year, tertiary degrees include embedded awards. Embedded awards formally recognise learning achieved during time in the programme. For this degree, the embedded awards are:

After successfully completing Year 1 NFQ level 6 Certificate in Business in Tourism and Hospitality Services from SETU
After successfully completing Year 2 NFQ level 6 Higher Certificate in Business in Tourism and Hospitality Services from SETU

The final NFQ level 7 Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Services is awarded by SETU.

Planned Intake (Number of Places)

20 places

Entry Requirements and Eligibility

Prospective learners wishing to be accepted onto the programme must meet the following minimum entry criteria:

  • Leaving Certificate; 
  • 5 subjects: O6/H7, 
  • English or Irish: O6/H7, 
  • Maths: O6/H7 or
  • Level 5 major award
  • Other qualifications equivalent to a major award at level 5 on the NFQ.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the standard required of applicants is B2 (or equivalent) on Common European Framework of Reference CEFR for languages in writing, reading, listening and speaking. Evidence of achievement of this standard is necessary for entry to the programme. Applications are welcome from individuals that do not meet the minimum entry requirement who are aged 23 years or over (at date of commencement of programme). Such an applicant will be assessed on their merits, taking into account their life experience, work or community experience, and recognition of prior learning. Our Unified Tertiary Programmes aim to encourage the participation and success of learners from sections of society under-represented in higher education, by offering degree programmes at a local level. In the event of over subscription to the programmes, priority will be given to applicants who most demonstrate local need.

Onward Pathways

After successful completion of the programme, students also have the opportunity to progress to the level 8 BA (Hons) in Hospitality Management offered at the University. The programme will also enable graduates to perform effectively in a supervisor role in their chosen employment in Tourism or Hospitality services.

Contact Details

Tertiary Manager Sarah Barron

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