If you enjoy travel and working with people then this course will appeal to you. It includes a six month work placement in Ireland or abroad where you will be working in a tourism-related environment. Previously, placement students have worked in national or local tourism development agencies, travel agencies, tour operators, heritage and archaeological centres and tourism attractions abroad, throughout Europe and the USA.
Our course includes site visits to tourism operations and firms within the region which offer an important aspect to the course. We also organise international field trips to tourist destinations such as Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, Venice, Frankfurt and Rome. We invite guest lecturers with a national or international profile to contribute to the programme.
We have embedded key skills in the course to ensure our graduates are equipped to work in the torusim and events management industries:
- You will gain awareness and understanding of core tourism concepts and trends including cultural, adventure, eco- and events-related tourism developments
- You will also understand sustainability issues including managing tourism impacts and tourism planning marketing
- You will build competencies in core business areas including management, marketing, finance, law and digital media marketing
- You will learn people-related skills including communication, interpersonal, team-working and customer service skills
- You will build your understanding of conceptual and organisational skills including collecting and organising information, problem-solving, planning and organising, innovation and creativity
- Language study available as an elective
The work placement module takes place at the end of year 2 and runs from April to September.
Entry requirements for CAO courses at IT Sligo are available for download below:
- Download Entry requirements for just Level 8 programmes
- Download Entry requirements for all programmes
You should note that all entrants to this course will be required to undergo vetting by the Garda Síochána. If you have a criminal conviction in Ireland or elsewhere, this may adversely impact on your ability to undertake a professional placement or to secure employment.
Graduates in tourism are much sought after and the skills developed are transferable internationally and from one aspect of the industry to another. You are likely to work in national or local tourism development agencies; travel agencies; tour companies; ecotourism, cultural attractions, events, festivals or community development.
The broad business knowledge and skills gained by completing this course has enabled many of our graduates to pursue rewarding careers in a wide variety of areas such as management, marketing, non for profit sector or teaching.
Graduates have an opportunity to complete a one year taught M.Sc in Marketing or undertake a Masters by Research. Many of our tourism graduates proceed to post-graduate studies by research to either Masters (L9) or PhD (L10).
““Following my degree, I continued my studies with IT Sligo to PhD level. My doctoral research focused on Local Authority sustainable planning for event management in Ireland. I am now a Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Event Management, John Moore University, Liverpool, UK”
Dr. Kelly Maguire,
BBS (Hons) Tourism with Event
Management & PhD 2018
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Students may, if they wish, choose to study a foreign language such as Spanish, French, German, or Italian
and may study aboard for one semester in a partner institution.
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[E] = Elective Module. Modules subject to availability.