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Get Started in Tourism

There are hundreds of courses available across Ireland to help you get started in tourism and, if full-time education doesn’t suit, you can also avail of some great apprenticeship programmes in the industry.

Higher Education Institutes

Athlone Institute of Technology

Course NFQ Level
HC in Arts in Culinary Arts Level 6
HC in Arts in Bar Supervision Level 6
Advanced Certificate in Culinary Arts (Traineeship) Level 6
BA in Hotel & Leisure Management Level 7
BA in Culinary Arts Level 7
Diploma in Restaurant Management Level 7 (SPA)
BBus (Hons) in Tourism & Hospitality Management Level 8
BBS (Hons) Tourism and Sport Management Level 8
BBS (Hons) Wellness Tourism Management Level 8

Cork Institute of Technology

Course NFQ Level
Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery, Total Immersion Programme Level 6
Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery, National Traineeship Level 6
HC in Arts in Culinary Studies Level 6
HC in Arts in Hospitality Studies Level 6
BA in Culinary Arts Level 7
BBus in Culinary Arts Level 7
BBus in Bar Management Level 7
BBus in Tourism Level 7
BBus (Hons) in Hospitality Management Level 8
BBus (Hons) in Tourism Level 8

Dublin Institute of Technology

Course NFQ Level
Higher Diploma in Hospitality Management (1 year conversion programme for applicants with a degree in another discipline) Level 6
Higher Certificate in Hospitality Services Management (2 years, part-time: two evenings per week) Level 6
Higher Certificate in Hospitality Management (in association with the Irish Hospitality Institute) (2 years part-time: one weekday per week) Level 6
Higher Certificate in Hotel and Restaurant Operations (1 year, conversion programme for applicants with a FETAC level 6 qualification or similar in another discipline) Level 6
BA (Ordinary) Degree in Hospitality Management (3 years, full time and part-time option available) Level 7
BA (Ordinary) Degree in Leisure Management Level 7
BA (Ordinary) Degree in Tourism Management Level 7
BSc Baking & Pastry Arts Management Level 7
BSc (Honours) Degree in Hospitality / Tourism / Leisure Management (one year add-ons for ordinary degree/diploma holders) Level 8
BSc (Hons) International Hospitality Management Level 8
BSc (Hons) Event Management Level 8
BSc (Hons) Tourism Marketing Level 8
BSc (Hons) Bar Studies – Management & Entrepreneurship Level 8
BA (Hons) Culinary Arts Level 8
BSc (Hons) Culinary Entrepreneurship Level 8
MSc in Hospitality Management (full, part-time or modular options available) Level 9
MSc in Tourism Management (full, part-time or modular options available) Level 9
MSc in Event Management (full, part-time or modular options available) Level 9
MSc in Culinary Innovation & Food Product Development (full time) Level 9

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Course NFQ Level
HC in Arts in Culinary Arts Level 6
HC in Arts in Hospitality Studies Level 6
BA in Culinary Arts Level 7
BA in Hospitality Management Level 7
BA (Hons) in Hospitality Management Level 8

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Course NFQ Level
Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery, Total Immersion Programme Level 6
HC in Arts in Culinary Arts - Professional Chef Programme Level 6
HC in Arts in Hotel & Hospitality Operations Level 6
Certificate in Pastry & Bakery Level 6 (SPA)
BA in Culinary Arts (flexible learning) Level 7
BBus in Culinary Arts Management Level 7
BBus in Bar & Restaurant Management Level 7
BBus in Hotel & Catering Management Level 7
BA (Hons) in Hotel & Catering Management Level 8
BBus (Hons) in Culinary Arts Management Level 8

Institute of Technology Tallaght

Course NFQ Level
HC in Arts in Culinary Arts Level 6
BA in Culinary Arts Level 7
BA in Arts in International Hospitality & Tourism Management Level 7
BA (Hons) in International Hospitality & Tourism Management Level 8
BA in Culinary Arts Level 8
MSc in Applied Culinary Nutrition Level 9

Institute of Technology, Tralee

Course NFQ Level
Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery, Total Immersion Programme Level 6
Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery, National Traineeship Level 6
Certificate in Culinary Skills Level 6
Certificate in Culinary Arts Level 6
HC in Arts in Culinary Arts Level 6
Certificate in Front Office & Accommodation Operations Level 6
HC in Arts in Hospitality Studies Level 6
BA in Culinary Arts Level 7
BA in Hotel Management (TMDP) Level 7
BA in Hotel Management Level 8
BA (Hons) in Hotel Management Level 8
MA in Culinary Arts Level 9
MA in Professional Hospitality & Tourism Management Level 9

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Course NFQ Level
Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery - Total Immersion Programme Level 6
Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery - National Traineeship Level 6
Certificate in Food and Beverage Operations Level 6
Certificate in Hotel Front Office and Accommodation Operations Level 6
HC in Arts in Culinary Arts Level 6
HC in Arts in Bar & Restaurant Supervision Level 6
Diploma in Restaurant Operations Management Level 7
Certificate in Hotel Revenue and Digital Media Management Level 7
BA in Culinary Arts Level 7
BA in Hospitality & Tourism ( Common Entry with specialisms in Hotel, Restaurant & Resort Management; Front Office Management OR Destination Marketing ) Level 7
BSc in Culinary Science ( Common Entry with specialisms in Food Technology OR Bakery & Confectionery Technology) Level 7
BA (Hons) in Culinary Arts Level 8
BA (Hons) in Hotel, Restaurant and Resort Management Level 8
BSc (Hons) in Culinary Arts and Food Technology Level 8
Higher Diploma in Arts in Destination Tourism Marketing Level 8
Higher Diploma in Arts in Food Product Development Level 8

Limerick Institute of Technology

Course NFQ Level
Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery, National Traineeship Level 6
HC in Arts in Culinary Arts Level 6
HC in Business in Hotel Front Office Management Level 6
HC in Arts in Hospitality Studies Level 6
BA in Culinary Arts Level 7

University of Limerick

Course NFQ Level
MA in International Tourism (full-time) Level 9
MA in International Tourism (part-time) Level 9

Waterford Institute of Technology

Course NFQ Level
Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery, Total Immersion Programme Level 6
Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery, National Traineeship Level 6
HC in Arts in Culinary Arts Level 6
HC in Arts in Hospitality Studies Level 6
HC in Tourism with Business Level 6
Diploma in Restaurant Management Level 7 (SPA)
BA in Culinary Arts Level 7
BA (Hons) in Hospitality Management Level 8
BA (Hons) in Culinary Arts Level 8
Higher Diploma International Hotel Management Level 8
BA (Hons) Tourism Marketing Level 8

Griffith College (Private College)

Course NFQ Level
MSc in International Tourism and Hospitality Management Level 9
BA (Hons) in Hospitality Management Level 8
Diploma in International Hospitality Management Level 7

Shannon College of Hotel Management (merging into NUI Galway)

Course NFQ Level
BBS in International Hotel Management Level 8
BComm in International Hotel Management Level 8

Further Education Institutes/Education & Training Boards (ETBs)

Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Course NFQ Level
Hospitality Operations Level 6
Professional Cookery Level 6
Professional Cookery Level 5
Professional Cookery - Delivered under the Back to Work Programme Level 4
Professional Cookery (VTOS) Level 5
Hospitality Operations Level 5
Tourism, Travel & Airline Studies Level 5
Tourism with Business Level 6
Beauty Therapy ITEC Diploma

Crumlin College of Further Education

Course NFQ Level
Culinary Arts (Professional Cookery ) Level 5
Tourism & Travel Studies  Level 5
Chef Day Release Programme* Level 6
Management & Marketing in Tourism Level 6
* Successful graduates of Stage 1 may advance on to the BA in Culinary Arts (HETAC) Level 7 in participating Institutes of Technology

Bray Institute of Further Education

Course NFQ Level
Professional Cookery Level 5
Tourism, Reception & Event Management Level 5
Cultural & Heritage Studies Level 5
Professional Cookery Level 6
Business Tourism & Event Management Level 6

Drogheda Institute of Further Education

Course NFQ Level
Culinary Arts Level 5

Dunboyne Institute of Further Education (culinary modules take place in DIT)

Course NFQ Level
Culinary Arts – Professional Cookery Level 5

Cavan Institute

Course NFQ Level
Hospitality Operations Level 5
Professional Cookery Level 5

Monaghan Institute of Further Education & Training

Course NFQ Level
Tourism and Travel with Cabin Crew Training Level 5
Tourism and Event Management Level 5
Advanced Certificate in Business Tourism and Event Management Level 6

Sligo College of Further Education

Course NFQ Level
Tourism Studies and Event Management Level 5
Hotel and Catering (Hospitality Operations) Level 5
Tourism with Business Level 6

Kerry College of Further Education

Course NFQ Level
Hotel, Catering and Tourism Level 5
Tourism with Business Level 5
Professional Cookery Level 5
Office Administration with Reception Skills Level 5
Professional Cookery Level 6
Office Management Level 6

Cork College of Commerce, Cork ETB

Course NFQ Level
No Hospitality/Tourism Courses for year 2016/2017  

Kinsale College and Cork ETB

Course NFQ Level
Professional Cookery Level 5

Waterford College of Further Education

Course NFQ Level
Hospitality Operations Level 5

Waterford & Wexford ETB

Course NFQ Level
Catering Introduction Level 5

New Ross Vocational College

Course NFQ Level
Culinary Skills Level 4
Professional Cookery Level 5

Tipperary ETB

Course NFQ Level
Culinary Skills – Clonmel (aimed at early school leavers aged 16-21) Level 3
Hotel Front Office – Cashel Level 4
Culinary Skills – Carrick-on-Suir Level 4
Culinary Skills – Clonmel Level 4
Tourism with Business – Templemore  Level 5
Business Technology with Tourism – Roscrea Level 5
Tourism with Culinary Skills – Clonmel (not running for 2016/17 academic year but may be offered again 2017/18 / To Be Decided) Level 5

Limerick College of Further Education

Course NFQ Level
Culinary Skills Level 5
Reception/Office Administration Level 5
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