• Code: LA
  • Certification:QQI Level 5 Award in Tourism with Business (5M5011)
    • Amadeus/Galileo Training (IAOT*)
  • Duration: One Year


This course is aimed at learners who wish to gain an initial qualification in one of the many areas of the Tourism industry. The Institute has built extensive links with the Tourism Industry and a work experience placement is also completed by learners. In addition to the QQI Award, this course offers Practical Industry based Qualifications in Amadeus/Galileo certified by The International Academy of Travel. Learners undertake a wide range of site visits and tours during the year. Guest speakers may visit the Institute. The Course offers a wide variety of modules and students have a range of potential career and further study options after successful completion of the course. Many of our recent students have progressed to degrees in Tourism, Event Management and Hospitality Management.

Programme of Study
  • Tourism Principles and Practice
  • Tourism Information and Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Event Production
  • Reception and Frontline Office Skills
  • Restaurant Hospitality
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience
  • Marketing Practice
  • Amadeus/Galileo Ticketing System (IAOT) (in-house training)

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Full QQI Level 4 Award 
  • Mature Applicants 

Places are offered following a successful interview.

Career Opportunities
  • Travel Agents 
  • Tour Operators 
  • Tourism Information Centres 
  • Heritage Attractions 
  • Transport Operators 
  • Hospitality Sector 
  • Event Management 
  • Hotel & Catering Operations
Higher Education Progression*


  • QQI Level 6 course in Business Tourism and Event Management (6M5012)


  • International Hospitality Management (DT401)
  • Event Management (DT413)
  • Tourism Marketing (DT412)

IT Tallaght:

  • European Studies (TA021)

NUI Galway:

  • Business Studies in International Hotel Management (GY261)


  • Arts - Archealogy (CK101)
  • Law & Business (CK307)
Course Co-Ordinator

Paddy McNulty

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

"I want to thank the BIFE tutors who have offered me great support at all levels throughout the year and for being extremely helpful, supportive and welcoming. The knowledge I have gained from event management, business and tourism classes would serve me as a strong foundation for my career path. While studying in BIFE I have had the chance to meet nice and dedicated people, to participate in different events and to become more confident in what and where I want to be in couple years’ time. Next year I am looking forward to going to UCD or DIT, an excellent opportunity to experience new things and develop myself. I cannot recommend BIFE strongly enough and this is the best choice I could have made." - Diana Ursul

Diana completed Tourism Level 5 at BIFE in 2016, and is currently studying Level 6 at BIFE. Diana achieved Student of the year for the level 5 Tourism Award in 2016

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