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    Programme Title Higher Certificate in Business - Tourism
    CAO Code LY316
    LYIT internal code LY_TBUSS_C
    Duration 2
    Standard Code Places: 32
    National Framework Level 6
    Award Type Major
    Awarding Body LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    There are many sectors of the Tourism industry specialising in cultural, heritage and leisure tourism or in support services for tourists. There is a growing need for qualified personnel in these (sometimes seasonal) sectors, which include heritage centres, museums, management historical sites, craft centres, sporting and activity centres and themed tourist attractions. Check out the exciting aspects of Irish tourism” click here.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Grade D3 at Ordinary level in a minimum of five subjects in the Leaving Certificate, including passes in Mathematics and in either Irish or English (or equivalent qualification). In the absence of Maths, six passes including English/Irish and (a) two commercial subjects or (b) one commercial subject and a continental language.
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    I am a mature person, can I apply?
    Applicants who will be 23 years of age or older by the 1st January in the year of entry and who have appropriate work experience in the hospitality or related industry, may be exempted from the academic requirements outlined above and admitted to the programme following an interview, provided they have applied, via the CAO, before February 1st.
    How long will I have to study?
    This is a two year full time semesterised programme which is designed to cover both theory and practice. Work based learning is an integral component of this programme and students may undertake this in Ireland or indeed internationally. Familiarisation trips are a major feature of the programme. These may include national and international trips.
    What will I have to study?
    Year/SemesterProposed Modules,
    subject to approval
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  Learning, Lifestile & Communications  Mandatory  5  3
     Information Technology & Business Maths 1 Mandatory  5  3
     Accounting Practice Mandatory  5  3
     International Tourism & Hospitality Mandatory  5  3
     Irish History & Heritage Mandatory  5  3
     Franch Language & Culture Elective  5  3
     German Language & Culture Elective  5  3
     Spanish Language & Culture Elective  5  3
     1/2  Customer Services & Management  Mandatory  5  3
     Information Technology & Business Maths 2 Mandatory  5  3
     Introduction to Management Mandatory  5  3
     Visitor Information & Tourism Product Knowledge Mandatory  5  5
     Irish Cultural Studies Mandatory  5  3
     Franch Language & Culture 2 Elective  5  3
     German Language & Culture 2 Elective  5  3
     Spanish Language & Culture 2 Elective  5  3
     2/3  Principles of Marketing  Mandatory  5  3
     Work Based Learning Mandatory  5  3
     HMR Mandatory  5  3
     Core Guiding Skills Mandatory  5  6
     Destination Studies Mandatory  5  3
     Travel Trade 1 Elective  5  3
     Franch Language & Culture 3 Elective  5  3
     German Language & Culture 3 Elective  5  3
     Spanish Language & Culture 3 Elective  5  3
     2/4  Service Marketing Mandatory  5  3
     Applied Economics for the Tourism Industry Mandatory  5  3
     Management Accounting Mandatory  5  3
     Guiding Practice Mandatory  5  6
     Tourism Issues, Impacts & Planning Mandatory  5  3
     Travel Trade 2 Elective  5  3
     Franch Language & Culture 4 Elective  5  3
     German Language & Culture 4 Elective  5  3
     Spanish Language & Culture 4 Elective  5  3
    What is the aim of this programme?
    This two year programme has been described as truly unique and innovative in the knowledge, many skills and opportunities it provides for all learners. The philosophy of this programme focuses on providing learners with knowledge, skills and competencies necessary for effective work within the tourism sector, while affording them the opportunity of access and progression to a wide range of alternative employments and further educational choices.
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Learners who successfully complete this programme may progress to Year 3 of the Bachelor of Business in International Tourism and Hospitality Enterprise degree programme.
    What career opportunities will this course provide?
    This programme gives students a thorough understanding of the tourism industry and develops the business and information technology skills necessary to pursue a career in tourism. Graduates may gain employment in the following employment categories such as travel advisors, tourist information office, tour guide, administrative personnel in tourism related businesses, general administrative employment or a career in the tourism retail industry.
    When does this course commence?
    The course commences in September each year.
    How do I apply?
    How to Apply
    • Contact Ciarán ó hAnnracháin, Head of Department of Hospitality & Tourism, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: ciaran.ohannrachain@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 9186603

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