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BTEC Higher National Certificate in Hospitality Management

BTEC Higher Nationals are designed to provide specialist vocational programmes, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards. The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their sector and their national recognition by employers allows progression direct into employment. BTEC Higher Nationals offer a strong emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding in their sector. Learners are attracted to this strong vocational programme of study that meets their individual progression needs whether this is into employment or to further study on degree or professional courses.

A key progression path for BTEC Higher National Certificate and Diploma learners is to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of the BTEC Higher National units to the degree programme in question.

BTEC Higher Nationals in Hospitality Management have been developed to focus on:

  • providing education and training for a range of management careers in hospitality, licensed retail, food and beverage or leisure and tourism sectors; for example food and beverage manager, front of house manager or events manager
  • providing opportunities for hospitality managers to follow specialised areas of study directly relevant to individual vocations and professions within the hospitality industry, including study within the licensed trade, leisure and/or tourism sectors, or specialist culinary arts, leading to a nationally-recognised Level 5 vocationally-specific qualification
  • providing opportunities for full-time learners to gain a nationally-recognised vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in hospitality management or progress to higher-education, vocational qualifications such as a full-time degree in hospitality management or related areas such as business management or leisure and tourism management
  • developing the knowledge, understanding and skills of learners in the field of hospitality management in a range of fields, including those suggested above
  • providing opportunities for learners to focus on the development of higher-level skills in a hospitality management context, including investigatory and research skills focusing on management issues within the context of hospitality, leisure or tourism
  • providing opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills and techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life within the hospitality industry.

This qualification meets the needs of the above rationale by:

  • developing a range of knowledge and understanding, skills and techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life
  • developing the individual?s ability to make an immediate contribution to employment in the hospitality management industry, through effective use and combination of the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme
  • providing opportunities for specialist study relevant to individual vocations and contexts
  • enabling progression to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in hospitality management or a related area
    providing flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation as a basis for future studies and career development in hospitality management

Career Benefits

The qualification prepares students for employment in the sector and is suitable for those who have already decided that they  wish to enter this area of work. Some students may wish to make the commitment required by this qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment in the sector or progress into higher education.

Progression from this qualification may well be into or within employment in the sector where students may work towards professional membership or study for professional body examinations.

The BTEC Higher National Certificate offers a progression route to the HND, second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of the BTEC Higher National units to the degree programme in question.

Core Modules

  • The Contemporary Hospitality Industry
  • Finance in the Hospitality Industry
  • Customer Service

Specialist Modules

  • Food and Beverage Operations Management
  • Rooms Division Operations Management
  • Marketing in Hospitality
  • Tourist Destinations
  • Facilities Operations and Management

Course Specifications

Please click below link to download the specification from the Pearson’s website :

Course Structure

  1. Qualification credit value: a minimum of 120 credits. (A maximum of 55 credits may be at level 5.)
  2. Minimum credit to be achieved at the level of the qualification (level 4): 65 credits.
  3. Mandatory core unit credit: 45 credits.
  4. Specialist unit credit: 75 credits.

Entry Requirements for BTEC Higher National Certificate in Hospitality Management

1 – Age restriction
Minimum: 18
2 – Open Entry
At least one GCE A level pass, with supporting passes at GCSE at Grades A, B or C in appropriate subjects
3 – Mature entry
Appropriate work experience
4 – APEL / APL
Students already in employment or with relevant previous experience
5 – English Language Competency
Minimum: CEFR B2
PTE Academic = 51 (in all 4 skills) or IELTS = 5.5 (in all 4 skills)
6 – General Entry Requirements
The City of London College seeks to recruit students of outstanding achievement and potential from all educational backgrounds, so good examination results are the main factor in the admission of students to our courses with atleast a Grade C in English and Mathematics at GCSE O Level or equivalent. In addition to this, we can also use other information supplied to us to ensure we admit students with the most outstanding potential. This information might include: prior and predicted grades, evidence of knowledge and commitment in your personal statement, employer and teacher references, performance at interview and any exceptional circumstances or personal barriers to learning that you have faced. This allows us to build up a full and rounded view of all our applicants.

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Tuition Fee

Full Time: £6000.00


Full Time / 1 Year

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