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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

Programme Code: 


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 is an excellent hospitality training course for those who wish to pursue a career in the hospitality/hotel Management industry The programme includes significant practical training in restaurant service, bars service, front office, accommodation studies, culinary arts as well as business subjects. It includes a 12 week work placement.

The programme is an ideal foundation programme that enables successful students to progress to the 3rd. year of the BB in Hotel & Catering Management Programme.

Programme Modules

  • Learning to Learn
  • Food & Beverage Operations
  • Information Technology
  • Language
  • Personal Development
  • Culinary Skills
  • Accommodation Operations
  • Facility Operations
  • Communication and Customer Care
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Advanced Food and Beverage Operations
  • Front Office Operations
  • Human Resource Management Training
  • Food and Beverage Cost Control
  • Event Concepts
  • Management Principles

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


Jacinta Dalton
Tel: 091-742300


Gerry Talbot
Tel: 091-742320

E-mail: Gerry Talbot