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GMIT Hotel and Hospitality Operations students before an event

Higher Certificate in Arts in Hotel and Hospitality Operations

A hospitality training course that includes practical training in restaurants, bars and rooms, as well as business subjects. Includes a 12 week work placement. Supported by Fáilte Ireland.

Discipline: Hospitality

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Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 6

Programme Duration: Two years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Places: 20

CAO Round 1 Points: 170 (2016)

Why Study?

This course gives students an excellent introduction to the world of Hotel and Hospitality Operations, inclusive of bar and restaurant training. 

Students will gain hands on practical experience in the College training facilities serving customers, as well as studying relevant business modules.

Training in our restaurants, bar and rooms facilities, will enable students gain exceptional professional and technical skills essential for all hospitality professionals, in a relaxed, teacher-led environment. In addition, as a result of the training in these departments, students will gain a full understanding of the role of quality service in the industry, ensuring that they provide an outstanding service experience for all visitors to their place of work.

The design and structure of the course provides a wonderful platform for students to adapt to third level education, while providing the opportunity to progress towards a Level 7 and Level 8 qualification.

Finally, students on this programme can expect to participate in field trips to local and national properties, which will support their college-based learning activities.

Programme Modules

  • Food & Beverage Skills and Service
  • Introduction to Hospitality & Tourism industry
  • Information Technology
  • Food Safety
  • Culinary Skills
  • Accommodation Operations
  • Rooms Division Management
  • Communication and Customer Care
  • Language and Culture
  • Learning and Innovation Skills
  • Marketing Principles
  • Beverage Studies
  • Wine Studies
  • Front Office Operations
  • Train the Trainer
  • Introduction to Hospitality Law
  • Management Principles
  • Introduction to Accounting & Business Maths

Career Opportunities

Graduates gain employment in the operational aspect of the hospitality industry such as restaurant service, bar, front office and accommodation.

Follow-on Studies: 

Graduates may progress to the to the final year of the Bachelor Business in Hotel & Catering Management (level 7).

Essential Information: 

Work Placements

  • At the end of year one, there is a twelve week mandatory work placement in an Irish hotel or other approved property, organised by the LINKS office in conjunction with the student. As students will have worked in several different departments during their time in college, work placement opportunities should be plentiful and well within the capabilities of the student.
  • If students are considering an international career, the College would encourage students to study an international language during their two years of study and to complete their international placement in a location that supports the development of the language.

Additional Costs

View Student Costs for First Years (PDF).

Contact Us


Brian Morrissey, Programme Chair

Tel: +353 (0)91 742300

Email: Brian Morrissey


Jacinta Dalton, Head of Department

Tel: +353 (0)91 742320

E-mail: Jacinta Dalton