Business with Tourism Level 5

This course primarily focuses on preparation for work in a tourism environment, with a special emphasis on sustainable tourism. Many learners also use this course as a stepping stone and/or preparation for entry to third level courses. Work placement is a mandatory element to the course and allows students to gain valuable experience.

  • Tourism Principles & Practice 5N2078
  • Tourism Information & Administration 5N0636
  • Ecotourism 5N0631
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Word Processing 5N1358
  • Irish 5N1631/Arts in the Community 6N3585
  • Heritage & Cultural Resources 5N1293
  • Work Experience 5N1356


Course Duration

This course is full-time five days per week from September to June and is delivered over either one or two years.

Entry Requirements

A QQI Level 4 Award or equivalent.

Careers and Progression

On completion of this course candidates have typically progressed to careers in tourist information offices, tour guides, event management, customer service, reception, front office and marketing.

The practical and supportive approach to our delivery makes Vocational Training and Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) the ideal path for anyone wishing to up-skill for a new job, enter the workforce for the first time or progress to further education.

VTOS Additional Supports

  • There are no course fees, and course materials, including the use of a laptop, are provided free of charge.
  • Meals and travel allowances are provided.
  • Learners in receipt of a payment from DSP will receive an allowance equivalent to their DSP payment, and those under 26 will receive the maximum Job seekers Allowance.
  • Learners returning for a second year will continue to receive their VTOS allowance during the summer months.
  • Childcare support is available.
  • An Adult Educational Guidance service is provided for all VTOS learners.

Student Testimonial 


Doing the VTOS course allowed me to get back into education after a break of 20 years. I wasn’t sure I would be able for it but everything was done at a pace that suited me and I surprised myself with the quick progress I made. The social aspect was also really good everyone helped each other and we all got on well.

Detailed Course Outline


This module equips the learner with the knowledge and skills required to understand how information is processed within organisations and the various systems and methods in use and to enable the learner to operate effectively in a range of organisations.

Irish Heritage & Cultural Resources

This module facilitate learners to explore and appreciate Irish cultural and heritage resources and therefore develop their own philosophies, values and critical thinking in a range of cultural and heritage contexts.


The aim of this module is to provide learners with knowledge of and an appreciation for the concept and relevance of ecotourism in Ireland’s tourism industry. It aims to provide learners with skills and competences to apply ecotourism principles in a practical setting.


This module aims to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skills and competence to communicate at an intermediate level in the target language, in standard social, cultural and work environments, operating independently while under general direction and with the view to progressing to further study or employment.

Work Experience

Allows the learner to gain personal knowledge, skills and capacity while participating in a suitable work placement, for a limited time, under supervision.

Word Processing

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to use a word processing application to produce documents in a variety of contexts to a very high standard whilst working autonomously and under general supervision

Tourism Information & Administration

This module aims to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to work independently in a tourist information office or in the front office of a range of tourism enterprises.

Tourism Principles & Practices

This module will enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill and competence to understand the fundamental principles and practice of national and international tourism, and to appreciate the role of tourism in the Irish economy. It is intended to prepare the learner for employment or further training in the tourism sector.



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