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Business Studies (International Hotel Management) Shannon College
Course OverviewThis programme is delivered at the Shannon College campus in Co Clare.
In 2015 Shannon College of Hotel Management became a College of NUI Galway. The BBS in International Hotel Management at Shannon College of Hotel Management gives students the unique opportunity to combine professional practical training, language development, extensive business studies theory and hands on work experience in the international hotel industry. This combination of practical learning and theory creates a dynamic, confident graduate who is well equipped to begin their career in business management in the hotel industry or in a host of other industries. Students will gain international experience during their studies, making them highly sought after graduates. This has been reflected in the 100% employment record on graduation day since the college was founded. This is the perfect qualification for a student who is interested in a global profession that is varied, unpredictable, exciting and challenging, with boundless opportunities for career growth and progression.
All applicants must attend a selection interview, for which up to 300 points may be awarded. Shannon College will contact all students directly by post after CAO closing dates to arrange their interview. Please notify Shannon College’s Admissions Office if you do not receive correspondence from the college shortly after the CAO closing dates. Interviews are normally held in April and also in July as the course is not restricted.
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4 years and 9 months
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A Level Grades (2016)
See www.shannoncollege.com for minimum A Level grades
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Year 1 · Study at Shannon College
Professional, practical training forms an essential part of the Year 1 studies as students rotate between seven professional classes every two/three weeks. Business modules such as Accounting and Management are also introduced and students study their second language (French, German, Spanish, English or Intercultural Communication).
Year 2 · Professional Operative Work Placement
The Year 2 work placement is a 12 month professional operative work placement in leading European hotels to reinforce the training in Year 1 and improve knowledge of industry practice and systems.
Year 3 · Study at Shannon College
In Year 3, students advance from the practical training and the introduction in Year 1 and instead focus on modules improving their industry knowledge, such as Rooms Division Management and Hospitality Law. The language module is continued and more advanced business modules such as Business Finance and Marketing Principles are studied.
Year 4 · Study at Shannon College
Students concentrate on advanced general business modules such as Performance Management & Control and Research Methods. Important strategic subject areas such as Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management prepare students for their future careers in hotel management. In Year 4, students will have the opportunity to choose elective subjects in both semesters. Electives include Culinary Arts, Event Management and Wine Appreciation.
End of Year 4 · Trainee Management Work Placement
At the end of Year 4, students commence a trainee management work placement for at least nine months until graduation (normally a 12 – 18 month contract). International hotel companies visit Shannon College to recruit students onto management development programmes and as direct hires in properties around the world. After nine months, students complete a Viva Voce examination before graduating.
Further EducationUpon completion of the BBS degree, Shannon College graduates find that there are many postgraduate opportunities open to them in the business, hospitality and tourism disciplines. Postgraduate programmes in the business discipline that are popular among Shannon graduates include marketing, human resources management, accounting and business information systems.
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What Our Students Say
Philip Egan | BBS in International Hotel Management
The lecturers at Shannon take a personal interest in the development of each individual student. This approach has given me the confidence to set goals for myself in the industry and has equipped me with the tools to achieve them. This has led me to securing my current position as Assistant Accommodation Manager at Fairmont St. Andrews Hotel, Scotland.