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Higher Certificate in Business Studies with Travel & Tourism

Course Code: LC391




2 Years


Sport, Leisure & Tourism

CAO Points


Course Type

Direct Entry



The Higher Certificate in Arts in Business Studies with Travel and Tourism will appeal to students who wish to pursue a career in the travel and tourism industry. This programme is continually updated and developed to meet industry needs. 

Graduates of the programme will have basic business know-how grounded in the tourism sector as this programme provides a broad introduction to tourism principles and practice. The programme also has professional links with the 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

Business Management, Media Communications & Personal Development, Research & Information Technology, Tourism and Event Operations, Tourism Studies and Travel Geography

Year 2

Business Decision Making & Applications, Tourism and Event Law, Principles of Marketing, Information Technology & E-Commerce, Management of the Visitor Experience and Innovative Tourism Product Development.

Are there opportunities for further study?

Successful graduates also have the opportunity to progress to the Level 8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) programme in Business Studies with Travel & Tourism Management offered at LIT, 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.