Business Studies with Travel and Tourism Management

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Do you have strong leadership skills? Do you have a mind for business, a problem solving attitude and excellent communication and organisation skills? These are just some of the important qualities needed to work in a business role in the travel and tourism industry. 

What is Business Studies with Travel and Tourism Management?

Business Studies with Travel and Tourism Management focuses on developing your knowledge and ability to work in a managerial role in the Travel and Tourism Industry. 

What third courses are available?

Universities and college in Ireland are offering courses in the following subject areas:

  • Business Studies with Travel and Tourism Management – LIT

Studying Business Studies with Travel and Tourism Management in college

There is one main course in this area that is offered by LIT. There are many courses within the tourism and travel subject area as well as a wide variety of business courses but this course combines all of those areas. This course is a Level 8 and is four years in length. It will give you the opportunity to gain experience, skills and knowledge in business studies and prepare you to work successfully in the working world. 

Your first year of any course acts as a foundation year where you will gain an understanding of the basic principles that the course is built on as well as becoming familiar with subjects and modules that you will cover in the coming years throughout your degree. In your first year, modules covered will include Business Management for the Service Industry, Media Communications and Personal Development, Research and Information Technology, Tourism Operations, Tourism Studies and Travel Operations and Geography.

Your second year of study will introduce you to more complex areas and develop your knowledge in areas that are new to you. Such modules include Business Decision Making and Applications, Information Technology and E-Commerce, Innovative Tourism Product Development, Management of the Visitor Experience, Marketing Principles and Tourism and Event Law.

In your final two years you will continue to focus on your theory as well as doing your work experience in your third year and focusing largely on your research thesis in your final year. Third year modules include Entrepreneurship & Business Planning, Human Resource Management and International Destination Management. 

Final year modules aside from your thesis are Strategic Management, Marketing Management, Global Tourism Issues and Financial Management.

Career options

There are a number of pathways you can take in this area. Business is a very broad area with multiple opportunities as well as the choice available in travel and tourism, therefore there is plenty of choice. Some roles you could workin include business management in hotels, tourist attractions, local authorities or tourism companies. 

There is also the option to continue your study at postgraduate level and specialise in a particular area of business management or in specific areas within tourism and travel. This can allow you to become more attractive to employers. You can also move into the education and research side of work after you gain some experience working in the field. 

Skills and qualities helpful in this area include excellent communication skills, leadership skills, confidence, ability to delegate work and give clear instructions, the ability to work well with others, time management skills, organization skills, attention to detail and the ability to motivate others, remain calm under pressure, adaptability and a critical thinking mind as well as a problem-solving attitude. 

Related jobs

  • Business and Travel Manager
  • Tourism and Hospitality Manager
  • Travel Agent
  • Spa/Leisure Centre manager
  • Catering 
  • Hotel Receptionist 
  • Tourist Attraction Manager
  • Human Resource Agent
  • Events Coordinator

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Different courses and different colleges will have different entry requirements. It’s always safest to check with the individual higher education institution which is available on their websites.For this particular course you are required to have a minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish. A foundation Level Mathematics grade of F2 or higher is acceptable as meeting the Mathematics requirement for this programme.                                                          

Certain QQI Awards in a relevant area may also be accepted. These change from course to course so be sure to research further. Mature students may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

The points needed for a course in Business Studies with Travel and Tourism Management was 307 points last year. 

Where can I study?

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Did you know?

  • Hospitality has a global footprint and annual revenue worth over $500 billion
  • The tourism industry makes up around 6.3% of Ireland’s economy. 
  • Ireland welcomes around 6,400,000 tourists every year. 


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