Higher National Diploma in Hospitality Management

Tourism and Hospitality are major players in Ireland's efforts to move beyond what has been a difficult economic situation. The Government launched a 10-year strategy to create 50,000 new jobs in the tourism industry by 2025, bringing the total number working in the tourism industry in Ireland to 250,000 - certain areas in the sector are already showing signs of skills shortages.

  • Course Duration: 2 years
  • Start date: October | January | April
  • Days: 2 Evenings(Live online training)
  • Accreditation: Pearson Edexcel
  • Fee: EUR 200/module
  • Exam Registration Fee: EUR 30/module
  • No. of Modules to acheive an HND: 16 modules
  • Entry Requirement:
    Irish Qualification: A minimum of two C3s in higher-level subjects and three D3 in ordinary-levels subjects in the Leaving Certificate. Mature students (aged 23 and above on the 1st of January on the year of admission) who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirement may also apply and will be assessed on the basis of age, work experience and any other training or development programmes completed. An IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent is required for non-native English speaker.

    UK Qualification: GCSE/IGCSE in Maths, English and 3 other subjects OR BTEC National Diploma/Certificate, otherwise students would have to take the IGCSE subjects along with the programme.

  • The Hospitality sector is one of the most important service sector in the Irish economy. Available figures indicate 158,000 persons within 16,000 enterprises are directly employed in the hospitality sector. This represent 8% of current economy-wide employment and the sector contributes €3 billion gross to the economy. The hospitality sector is directly linked to the Tourism industry which employs 220,000 people throughout the country and is worth €7.3 billion to the economy.

    Hospitality covers a major part of the Tourism Industry - accommodation, as well as food and beverages services which include restaurants, bars, canteens and all kinds of catering services.

  • The HND in Hospitality Management is geared toward preparing participants to fill up openings in the Hospitality and Tourism sector that is experiencing skill gaps. The qualification is designed to provide specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards. The qualification provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the Hospitality sector and the national recognition by employers allows progression direct into employment. It offers a strong emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding in the Hospitality sector. Learners are attracted to this strong vocational programme of study that meets their individual progression needs whether this is into employment or to further study.
  • A key progression path for BTEC HNC and HND learners is to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of the BTEC Higher National units to the degree programme in question.
  • Learners will learn to apply finance, marketing and personnel management theories to the hospitality industry. Crucially, they will also study specialised areas such as sustainable tourism and rooms division, and gain invaluable practical experience with a work placement.
  • Progression from this qualification may well be into or within employment in the hospitality industry where learners may work towards membership of the Institute of Hospitality. The other progression pathway is further study in related BSc (Hons) Degree programmes and/or professional certifications.

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Career and Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of the Higher National Diploma, students can develop their careers in the IT sector through:

  • Graduates may take up employment by the state sector and in community-based organisations. Social care workers may work with: Children and adolescents in residential care People with learning or physical disabilities People who are homeless People with alcohol/drug dependency Families in the community Older people Recent immigrants to Ireland; and others
  • Continuing existing employment
  • Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • They can also progress to 1st or 2nd year of a university related degree programme or continue to acheive the BTEC HND.

Job roles for graduates that choose to move on to employement

  • Customer Service Adviser
  • Food Consultant
  • Airport Check-in Agent
  • Accommodation Staff - Hotel
  • Attendant - Museum / Art Gallery
  • Catering Assistant
  • Entertainment / Sports Manager
  • Fairground / Arcade Worker
  • Food Preparation Worker
  • Hospitality Assistant
  • Hospitality Manager
  • Hotel General Manager
  • Hotel Porter
  • Hotel Receptionist
  • Personal Assistant and Home Help
  • Community Integration Officer

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