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Business Studies in Travel & Tourism - Higher Certificate

Course Code: US391




2 Years


Hospitality, Tourism & Wellness

CAO Points


Course Type

Direct Entry



The Higher Certificate in Business Studies with Travel and Tourism Management is the perfect fit for you if you are passionate about travel and tourism, enjoy meeting and working with new people, and thrive in a fast-paced working environment.  

Students of the programme will gain basic business know-how grounded in the tourism sector as this programme provides a broad introduction to tourism principles and practice.  

Our lecturing team have a wealth of industry experience behind them, combined with practical/live modules and opportunities to study abroad, this programme makes for a very practical and engaging learning space.  

On completion of year 2 students will have the option to transfer into the BBs (Hons.) in Business Studies with Travel & Tourism Management. This programme contains a significant work placement in Year 3, giving students the chance to take classroom knowledge to the workplace. 

The Higher Certificate in Business Studies with Travel and Tourism Management programme has professional links with the Irish Hospitality Institute, Irish Hotels Federation, Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland, NITB and ITOA.  


Note: Students will be required to provide €200 approx. payable during the first week of college. This money is for payment of uniforms, safety shoes and contribution to field trips which will take place during the first year of study.  

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must have 5 O6/H7 grades or higher at Ordinary Level in 5 Leaving Certificate subjects. Two of these subjects must include *Mathematics and a Language (English or Irish). 

*Foundation Level Maths at Grade F2 or higher is acceptable as meeting the Mathematics requirement for this course. 

Applicants presenting QQI FET/FETAC qualifications must hold a Full Level 5 Award totalling 120 Credits. 

Applicants presenting qualifications other than those mentioned above will be assessed on an individual basis. 

Mature Applicants (i.e. over 23) are exempt from the normal entry requirements.

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Business Management for the Service Industry

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the core principles of business studies ( management, accounting and economics) and their application in the services sector.

    Title: Media Communications and Personal Development

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to introduce personal, academic and career development within the context of the student’s programme of study, previous experiences and future aspirations. It will enable learners to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders in a commercial context. A particular focus on the development of knowledge, understanding and skills for communicating. Formal lectures and tutorials will introduce core concepts and explore application to case studies of work based problems. Active learning will support work-based learning, with participants acting as 'critical friends' to one another as they apply of theoretical learning to live scenarios. Students will be required to practice communication skills in particular real life situations and to present written reviews of same.

    Title: Research and Information Technology

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to introduce students to methods used for the purposes of academic and business research and to equip students with the foundations of statistics and IT skills required to undertake research. 

    Title: Tourism Operations

    Credits: 10

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    To introduce learners to the fundamental concepts of food and beverage service and the principles and use of dedicated Information Technology within the tourism and hospitality sector.

    Title: Tourism Studies

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the main elements that comprise the tourism industry and to outline key principles, practices and philosophies.

    Title: Travel Operations and Geography

    Credits: 10

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    Using maps, case studies, travel itineraries, statistics and other techniques, the Travel Operations and Geography module aims to introduce an array of established and emerging destinations to the student through theoretical and practical applications. It will also provide students with an in-depth insight into contemporary transport management in the global travel industry.

  • Year 2

    Title: Business Decision Making and Applications

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the core principles of budgeting, costing and managing cash flows and their application in industry. Learners will actively learn the use of widely recognised accounting packages.

    Title: Information Technology and E-Commerce

    Credits: 10

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    This module will provide learners with a comprehensive knowledge of the key internet and web technologies that are critical to businesses with particular emphasis on planning & implementation of a functional enterprise website. In addition to practical web development skills, this modules introduces learners to the context and importance of managing the digital presence of an organisation across different media and the potential that e-commerce holds for their industry sector.

    Title: Innovative Tourism Product Development

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to consider the vital role of special interest tourism in destination development. The module is focused on innovation and creativity within the sector and will offer learners the opportunity to develop a new product or service concept, thereby applying the knowledge acquired.

    Title: Management of the Visitor Experience

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to provide learners with an understanding of the design, development and management of visitor attractions and the importance of the visitor experience.

    Title: Marketing Principles

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the principles of marketing and how it functions as a core part of the current business environment.

    Title: Tourism and Event Law

    Credits: 10

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    The aims of this module are to introduce the learner to the legal system and to give the learner a knowledge and understanding of selected areas of law relevant to a business in the event, hospitality and tourism industry. This knowledge and understanding will give the learner a broad knowledge of how the legal system works, enable the learner to limit the legal exposure of the business and liaise effectively with legal advisers. As law is an ongoing and dynamic subject the syllabus content will be expanded or modified, as the case may be, to reflect developments in the law set out in this module.

Are there opportunities for further study?

Successful graduates also have the opportunity to progress to the Level 8 Bachelor of Business (Hons) programme in Business Studies with Travel & Tourism Management offered at TUS, subject to availability of places. 

What are the career prospects?

On successful completion of the programme, graduates will have studied several aspects of business and tourism. 

A graduate will have a diverse range of career opportunities both in Ireland and abroad and they can expect to find employment in a variety of different areas such as tourism enterprises, community development organisations, national and regional tourism bodies and hospitality and travel organisations. 

More Information

The Higher Certificate in Arts in in Business Studies with Travel and Tourism is ideally suited to students who have a keen interest in meeting people, enjoy working as a part of a team and have good organisational skills. The tourism industry in Ireland and abroad continues to grow and this programme offers students the opportunity to travel and work in many different sectors including culture & heritage, hospitality, events, sports and transport as well as more general business areas. Overall, the programme is suited to anyone who wishes to learn more about the tourism industry while developing their business skills.