GMIT Prospectus 2022/23


Higher Certificate in Hotel and Hospitality Operations

Code: GA362 Level: 6

Why study Hotel and Hospitality Operations? This course provides 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. The course design and structure 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. Through training in our restaurants, bar and rooms facilities, students will gain professional and technical skills essential for all hospitality professionals, in a teacher led, relaxed environment. In addition, as a result of your training in these departments you will gain a full understanding of the role of quality service in the industry, ensuring that you provide an outstanding service experience for all visitors to your place of work. Finally, students on this course can expect to participate in field trips to local and national properties, which will support their college-based learning activities.

What will I study? Year 1: • Learning and Innovation Skills • Introduction to Hospitality & Tourism • Introduction to Accounting & Business • Food & Beverage Skills and Service • Communication and Customer Care Electives • Introduction to Tourism

Field Trips Field trips are considered an essential part of the learning experience for students. An additional fee of €100 applies for field trips. What are my 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 final year of the Bachelor of Business in Hotel & Catering Management (Level 7).

• Information Technology • Accommodation Operations

• Food Safety • Culinary Skills 1

• Language (French/German/Spanish/Gaeilge) and Culture

Year 2: • Financial Accounting • Culinary Skills 2

• Marketing Principles

• Front Office Operations • Advanced Food & Beverage Skills & Services • Food and Beverage Management • Introduction to Hospitality Law • Management Accounting • Information Technology 2 • Management Principles Electives • Wine Studies • International Tourism • Beverage Studies • French for Foodies • Environmental Tourism • Train the Trainer • Language (French/German/Spanish/Gaeilge) and Culture Work Placement At the end of Year 1, there is a 12-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 would 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. National and International Links The College has extensive links with hotels, tourism organisations and educational organisations. In 2010 the Institute agreed an exchange partnership with Johnson and Wales University, Rhode Island, USA to include student and faculty exchange across a range of disciplines throughout the Institute.

Student experience

Emma Maxwell The Hotel and Hospitality Operations course has supported my prior experience in the industry with new practical and theoretical knowledge. I am looking forward to graduation, and this course has mapped my progression to continue in education and complete the BA (Honours) in International Hotel Management. Sean Mulvaney I truly found my niche on the Hotel and Hospitality Operations course. It has enabled me to adapt successfully to third level education, build practical and technical skills in bar and restaurant service, and grow in confidence in applying myself to the academic and business modules. I have developed an appetite to one day manage my own hospitality operation.

Galway International Hotel School

DURATION 2 years



Talk to us: Brian Morrissey, Course Chair Tel: +353 91 742300 | E-mail:


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