• Code:LH
  • Certification 
    • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Tourism with  Business (5M5011)

      City & Guilds Award in Professional  Bartending Level 5 equivalence on the  NFQ (7106-11)

      City & Guilds Award in Professional  Bartending (Cocktails with free  pouring) (7106-01)                               
      City & Guilds Award in International Barista Skills (7102-52)

  • Duration One Year


This full-time course is designed to prepare learners for work in bars, restaurants
and hotels. The course creates a learning environment, in which the emphasis is
on the practical application of the skills necessary, to work in the dynamic and
ever- changing sectors of food and beverage. Learners will learn barista skills, bar
skills and restaurant service skills in a practical real-life bar and restaurant setting.
Students may have the opportunity to apply for an Erasmus+ International work placement.

Programme of Study

  • Bartending with Mixology 
  • Customer Service 
  • Restaurant Skills 
  • Barista Operations 
  • Food Preparation 
  • Event Production 
  • Work Experience 
  • Word Processing 
  • Tourism Information & Administration 
  • Tourism Principles and Practice 

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Leaving Certificate Applied Award
  • Full QQI Level 4 Certificate Award
  • Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications
Career Opportunities

  • Cocktail Bars
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Catering departments
  • Cruise ships
  • Airlines
Higher Education Progression*

Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities.

Examples of potential courses include:

TUD -Technological University Dublin (Grangegorman Campus):

  • Bar and Restaurant Management (TU641)
  • Hospitality Management (TU745)
  • International Hospitality and Tourism Management (TU951)

TUS - Technological University of The Shannon (Athlone Campus):

  • Bar Supervision (AL661)
  • Hotel & leisure Management (AL761)

MTU - Munster Technological University (Cork campus):

  • Hospitality Management (CR042)

*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 also on www.cao.ie

Course Co-Ordinator

Richard Stephens

Where are they now?

"In 2019, I enrolled into the level 5 Restaurant and Bar Management course and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. In this course, I learned all about what is required to be really successful in the hospitality industry. My overall experience in BIFE was amazing. Academically I did very well, and it helped me progress on further to study hospitality management. The other students in the course played a big part as to why the course was so enjoyable. All the lecturers in the college helped me along the way when I needed it. Everything was taught in a professional manner and everything was made very clear for us. All information was current and relatable to our studies which created a friendly and welcoming environment also." - Gary O Connell

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