• 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+ placement.

Programme of Study

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