Bachelor of Arts Hotel and Leisure Management

Bachelor of Arts in Hotel and Leisure Management

Course Overview

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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. Find out more about this course and our facilities by attending one of our 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 recent years we visited Shanghai, Beijing, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur;
  • 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 TUS’s overseas partner universities. TUS 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.

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
Registration Closing Date:

How to apply to this programme at TUS Athlone Campus:


Course Commencement Date:


Course Award:
Bachelor of Arts
Course NFQ Level:
Level 7
Dept of Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure
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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AIT hospitality and tourism students in Dubai

"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

  • Culinary and Restaurant Skills
  • Culinary and Restaurant Operations
  • Hospitality Business Management
  • Learning and Development for Higher Education
  • The Art of Mixing Drinks
  • Food Safety and Risk Management
  • Language – French / Spanish (languages are optional)
  • Restaurant and Culinary Skills
  • Introduction to Computer Applications
  • Hospitality Cost Control
  • Beverage Studies
  • Wet Facility Management
  • Digital Skills and Citizenship

Note that electives throughout all years are subject to demand.

Year 2

  • Food Safety and Envirnomental Management
  • Hospitality Financial Accounting
  • Leisure Lifestyles in Hospitality
  • Culinary and Restaurant Supervision
  • Wellness and Wellbeing in Hospitality
  • Rooms Management
  • Culinary and Restaurant Management
  • Language – French / Spanish (languages are optional)
  • Work Placement. This placement can be national or international.

    We have a large network of national and international partners where
    you can go for this work placement. It lasts for approx. 3 months.

Year 3

  • Hospitality Event Management
  • Talent Acquisition and Development
  • Marketing
  • Revenue Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Environmental Management & Resource Efficiency
  • Language – French / Spanish (languages are optional)
  • Digital Transformation in Service Businesses
  • Exercise & Fitness for Hotel & Leisure Management
  • Digital Marketing for Tourism, Leisure and Wellness
  • Food & Beverage Management
  • Hotel, Leisure & 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 TUS. Students can also opt to take an M.A. by research or progress to another IOT or university to undertake a postgraduate qualification.

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