• 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
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience
  • Marketing Practice
  • Amadeus/Galileo Ticketing System (IAOT) (in-house training)
  • Viewdata - (Ready to Book)
  • Ecotourism

     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)

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

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


After completing my year doing the FETAC Level 5 course in Tourism, Reception & Event Management in Bray Institute of Further Education, I am so happy I decided to do this course as it has me well prepared for the years ahead in Third Level. Initially I chose to do this course as advised as I really wanted to go and study in Shannon College of Hotel Management, but I am now going on to study in Waterford I. T to do Hospitality Management.

I was surprised how easy the transition was from Secondary Level to BIFE and was made easier due to the kindness and the tutors involved in this course who were very helpful throughout the academic year. Also with the course it gives you a wide variety within the modules so there may be a few modules that may interest you more than others as well as giving you a better idea in what are you might want to get into. As well as that, this course gives you a chance to improve your presenting and communication skills through doing assessments (written and practical), which go towards your final grade at the end of the year. I also think through being punctual and attending classes on a regular basis according to the timetable will be a great help to someone looking to get good grades in this course and enjoy the year as much as I have! - Keith Merry

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