Certificate in Tourism and Business

CODE:                          5M5011

CERTIFICATION:         QQI Level 5 Certificate in Tourism & Business

DURATION:                 One Year, September to May


This course is aimed at learners who wish to gain an initial qualification in one of the many areas of the Business and Tourism industry.

Tourism is one of Ireland's most important economic sectors, supporting 200,000 jobs in 2017.
Bord Fáilte anticipate this will grow to 250,000 by 2025, resulting in significant employment opportunities for new tourism graduates.

Programme of Study: 

  • Tourism Information and Administration
  • Tourism Principles and Practice
  • Word Processing
  • Bookkeeping – Manual and Computerised
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Business Administration Skills
  • Marketing
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience

Entry Requirements:

It is desirable that students should be of Leaving Certificate Standard or have achieved an Applied Leaving Certificate with Distinction. Portlaoise Institute welcomes applications from mature students. Mature students are assessed on their merits and do not require the above qualifications. 

All students are required to complete an assessment before commencing a Further Education course in Portlaoise Institute. This assessment confirms if the student has the required level of English and Maths (if applicable) to complete a Level 5 course. 

Career Opportunities: 

  • Travel Agents
  • Tour Operators
  • Tourism Information Centres
  • Heritage Attractions
  • Transport Operators
  • Hospitality Sector
  • Event Management
  • Hotel & Catering Operations

Higher Education Progression*

Here are examples of courses students can progress to based on successful completion: 

Examples of courses you can progress to:

Carlow IT:

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Tourism and Event Management (CW058)


  • International Hospitality Management (DT401)
  • Event Management (DT413)
  • Tourism Marketing (DT412)

NUI Galway:

  • Business Studies in International Hotel Management (GY261)

*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 available also at www.cao.ie

Course Coordinator:

Fintan Walsh, fwalsh@portlaoisecollege.ie