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Hospitality StudiesTeastas sa Staidéar Fáilteachais

Course Title: Certificate in Hospitality Studies

Commencement date: September 2024

This programme is designed specifically for applicants who have experienced socio-economic disadvantage and/or educational disadvantage. Each candidate is screened at the short-listing stage to determine eligibility for the programme.

Candidates are assessed for their academic suitability for the programme. The following are considered:

  • Educational experience and qualifications. Particular emphasis is paid to educational experiences over the last five years. You should detail all relevant educational experiences including secondary school qualifications, experience of further adult education and training, as well as informal education or non-certified courses. Please include a copy of any relevant qualifications or certificates.
  • Work and volunteering experience. 
  • Essay and personal statement.

Other Entry Requirements:

  • Candidates who already hold a higher education qualification, with no evidence of deterioration in academic ability, are deemed ineligible.
  • Those who participate in the programme must have the right to live and study in Ireland. Applicants should either have an Irish/EU passport, a stamp 4 visa or be able to show they are within the International Protection system in Ireland.

Applications are made online to TU Dublin and are shortlisted based on eligibility and suitability. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview. Offers are made to candidates based on the application form and interview.

You can apply as a young Adult application (If you were 21 or under on January 1st 2024) or you you can apply as mature Student application form (If you were 22 or over on January 1st 2024) 

Applications will open in May for September 2024 entry.

The Certificate in Hospitality Studies is a short-term educational programme focused on providing foundational knowledge and practical skills in the field of hospitality. It is designed to help graduates secure employment across the hospitality industry. The program is structured into 12 weeks of classes and 12 weeks of work placement. During the 12-week course, students will learn about different aspects of hospitality with a personalised learning experience, with small class sizes and individualised attention. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be offered a 12-week work placement, allowing them to get the chance to gain hands-on experience and apply their newfound knowledge and skills in a real-world setting.

The programme is full-time with approximately 20 hours of class time per week and we expect about a further 20 hours of independent study. The programme runs from January to May each year. Classes take place between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm, Monday to Friday. 

Why was the CHS set up and who is it for?

The program is specifically designed to empower and create pathways for individuals from socio-economic and educational disadvantaged communities, providing them with opportunities to transform their lives by finding full-time employment and a successful career in the Hospitality industry. The course is of particular benefit to adults who’ve been out of education for a long time, or who did not complete a Leaving Certificate. In addition, we welcome applications from people whose skills no longer allow them to access the labour market.

Learning outcome/What will you study?

Students study 6 modules (three compulsory modules plus three optional modules depending on the stream). In the core modules of this programme, students learn basic academic skills, study methods, and how higher education works. They also develop strong written and spoken communication skills, covering writing, presentations, and interpersonal strategies. Students can then choose from two career-specific streams in the hospitality industry to gain targeted skills and knowledge for their desired paths within the hospitality industry.

TU Code



Level 6




Less than 1 year

Number of Places

16 per stream


City Centre: Aungier Street, City Centre: Grangegorman

Virtual Tour

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EU Fees

Non-EU Fees

Contact Us

Programme Coordinator - Carles Prat