Bachelor of Arts in Hotel and Leisure Management

Bachelor of Arts Hotel and Leisure Management

Course Overview

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    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

This degree will give you the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in management positions within the hotel and leisure industries.

The nature of the course ensures that graduates will be technically oriented as well as being flexible enough to work in different areas of hotel and leisure management.

Course content will address both theoretical and practical concepts of the hotel and leisure industry.

In second year you will take a 400 hour period of work placement, which is usually paid.

Placement will prepare you to develop an awareness of the working environment and apply theoretical and practical knowledge gained in your studies. Typical placements include Hodson Bay Group, Campotel, France, Mimosa Hotel, Cannes. In 2018 our students went on placement in Ireland, France, Spain, Cyprus, USA, Belgium and the UK.

Students in the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure are eligible to take part in annual international fieldtrips. In the last two years we have visited Italy, Spain, France, China and Dubai. Joining us in 2018? Then you could come on our next trip to Dubai, in January 2019. Find out more about this course and our facilities by attending one of our regular open evenings where you can meet teaching staff and current students.

What will I experience?

On this course you will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of hospitality management;
  • Apply live case studies to your coursework through the wide links we have with hotel and leisure attractions and companies;
  • Visit hotel and leisure attractions on regular field visits to learn the latest industry techniques, challenges and opportunities;
  • Have the opportunity to take part in short residential trips abroad. In 2018 our field visit is to Shanghai;
  • Regularly interact with the industry through site visits, guest speakers and practical work experience;
  • Have the opportunity to undertake a semester or year of your degree at one of AIT’s overseas partner universities. AIT has links with universities in France, Spain, Italy, Poland and many other countries.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Your specialist knowledge of hotel and leisure management could lead to a career in the hotel and leisure or tourism industries. Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • Food and Beverage Managers
  • Hotel Management
  • Hotel Revenue and Finance Careers
  • Hospitality Marketing
  • Careers in tourism and hospitality

Graduates have found employment in such companies Shelbourne Hotel, Merrion Hotel, Ashford Castle, Dromoland Castle, Ballyfin Manor, Adare Manor, Fitzpatrick Hotel in New York, Savoy, Dorchester and Hilton Hotels in London.

Additional Information

Assessment Information

We place a lot of emphasis on student support and so we aim to provide a learning environment that is both stimulating and academically challenging, whilst also supporting your learning. You will encounter a range of teaching methods- from lectures, workshops and seminars to hands on practical food and beverage restaurant and kitchen classes. The course is taught by experienced lecturers with a track record of success in many sectors including the hospitality, tourism and culinary industries.

How are you assessed?

We appreciate that different students have different learning styles and so we provide a range of assessment approaches to suit everybody. Here are some of the ways we assess your work:

  • mini-projects
  • Presentations
  • Group work
  • Live client work
  • Examinations
  • Multiple-choice tests
  • Essays
  • Portfolio work

Course Details

Course Fees:
Uniform, knives and material fees.
Course Duration:
3 Years
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Course Award:
Bachelor of Arts
Course NFQ Level:
Level 7
Dept of Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Studies
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade O6 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish).


Any QQI level 5 qualification is acceptable.



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Lecturer Testimonial

Dymphna Scanlon, Lecturer in Hospitality Management Profile Image

Dymphna Scanlon, Lecturer in Hospitality Management

"The hospitality industry is a dynamic, ever evolving industry that provides a wealth of employment opportunities around the world. Now is the right time to begin your career in this fantastic industry!"

Student Testimonial

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Lorna Kiernan, Sport Management, 2015

"Learning in AIT was so much fun, its not just about the classroom, we went on field trips, experienced real life business problems and applied theory to practice, all of which prepared me for my career in the tourism industry."

Student Testimonial

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Anna Pilska, Diploma in Restaurant Management, 2015

"The Diploma in Restaurant Management gave me the best professional preparation and confidence in my work performance. I had many years experience in restaurants before, but that course opened my mind to what I was doing right or wrong."

Student Testimonial

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Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure students in Dubai, 2017

"Dubai was an incredible experience for us. It was a place we never thought we would have wanted to visit but now we have a whole new perspective for ourfuture careers! We loved seeing the different culture and learning about the history of Dubai."

Course Structure

Year 1

The first year will introduce you to the main functions of business and provide you with firm foundations of hotel and leisure management.

Modules in this year include:

  • Health and Wellness for Hotel and Leisure
  • Swimming and Creative Play
  • Wet Facility Operations
  • Introduction to Customer Service, Business and Management
  • Learning and Development for Higher Education
  • Beverage Studies
  • Exploring the Meal Experience
  • Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • Environment, Health & Safety Management
  • Language – French / German / Spanish (languages are optional)
  • Business Maths and Accounting Fundamentals
  • Food Service & Food Preparation

Year 2

Develop your understanding of management techniques and build on the learning from year one.

Modules in this year include:

  • Culinary operations Management
  • Accommodation Operations
  • Front Office Operations
  • Anatomy & Physiology 2
  • Guiding
  • Computer Applications 1 for Hotel & Leisure
  • Accounting
  • Services Marketing
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Industry Software for Hospitality and Leisure
  • Language – French / German / Spanish (languages are optional)
  • Work Placement

Year 3

Reinforce core management understanding develop advanced hotel and leisure management skills.

Modules in this year include:

  • Human Resource Management and Training
  • Food & Beverage Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Lifestyle Management
  • Exercise and Fitness for Hotel and Leisure Management
  • Enterprise & Professional Development
  • Revenue Management
  • Rooms Division Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Language – French / German / Spanish (languages are optional)
  • Hotel, Leisure and Tourism Case Studies

Year 4

​Upon completion of the BA Hotel and Leisure, students who wish may progress to the add-on one year BB (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality Management degree.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Work Placement

There are work placement opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. We have excellent links with the following hotels and groups: The O’Sullivan Group (Sheraton Athlone, Hodson Bay, Galway Bay), Ballyfin Demense, Mimoza’s Cannes, the Wineport, Knockranny House Hotel Westport and many others, all over the world.

Students who opt to take a work placement overseas are usually eligible for Erasmus + funding to support their travel and subsistence costs.

We support all students in obtaining a work placement and you will have support from the college while on placement. Placements are generally paid and take place in summer between your second and third years of study.

Further Study

​Upon completion of the BA Hotel and Leisure, students who wish may progress to the add-on one year BB (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality Management degree.

Many students who complete this pathway then opt to study at postgraduate level, undertaking the Master’s in Business Studies in AIT. Students can also opt to take an M.A. by research or progress to another IOT or university to undertake a postgraduate qualification.

Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Tourism and Hospitality Management (add-on)

Bachelor of Business (Honours)

Facility Gallery

The Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure
Hospitality students in the Burj al Arab, Dubai
Hospitality students in the Burj al Arab, Dubai
Training Bar in the Hospitality Building
Training Restaurant in the Hospitality Building
Training Restaurant in the Hospitality Building
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