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Higher Diploma Programmes

 

Higher Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management

Programme Code:

  • 3 Years (Diploma in Foundation Studies + Years 1 & 2)
  • 2 Years (Year 1 & 2)

This programme has been offered by HKU SPACE Community College since 2005 and is distinguished by its stringent quality assurance of HKU SPACE. From September 2009, HKU SPACE will offer this programme at HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Community at its well-equipped campus in Causeway Bay. We assure you that teaching arrangement, quality assurance and the recognition remains and students will enjoy the same academic status as those of HKU SPACE Community College.

 

With the recovery of world economy, qualified personnel with professional knowledge and skills become highly demanded again in the Hong Kong tourism and hospitality industry. Benefited from the vigorous economic power of Mainland China, Hong Kong remains a dynamic destination for leisure tourists and business travelers alike. In the years ahead, there will be abundant career opportunities for individuals who possess the required knowledge, skills, and in particular, the talent and passion for working in the tourism and hospitality industry. If the graduates are prepared to take up such a challenging and rewarding career, this programme will help them reach their goals. Upon graduation, graduates are expected to further their studies for a higher qualification, or join the tourism and hospitality management workforce either locally or overseas.

 

Programme Aims and Features

This 2-year full-time programme is designed to provide a tailored curriculum covering specific features of the tourism and hospitality management industries with a special focus on Hong Kong, at a level commensurate with junior management. The multi-disciplinary curriculum encourages the acquisition of basic life and employment skills and prepares students for a rewarding career. Graduates are expected to join the tourism and hospitality management workforce either locally or overseas; alternatively, our graduates may choose to further their studies in a related field and achieve a higher qualification.

 

Job Placement

All students will undergo a practical job placement of 6 months after the first year of study. All students in good standing will also be given ample opportunities to work in deluxe hotels, theme parks and travel agencies. Since this programme was launched in 2005, students have successfully completed training in around 40 deluxe hotels in Hong Kong including the Peninsula, Grand Hyatt, Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, InterContinental, Landmark Mandarin Oriental, JW Marriott, Sheraton, Shangri-la and Renaissance, etc.

 

Opportunities for Further Studies

Besides preparing students for job training to enrich their exposure to the tourism and hospitality management industry, the College has been proactive in establishing what we call a “Through-Train” for its graduates, i.e. an articulation pathway with overseas universities. Graduates can pursue a bachelor’s degree with Honours in Hospitality Management or a bachelor’s degree with Honours in Tourism Management offered by Plymouth University (UK).

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to:

  • Bachelor’s degree programmes offered by local (including HKU) as well as overseas universities, including Year 3 of the 4-year, BSc (Hons) in Hotel Management / BSc (Hons) in Tourism Management offered by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University;
  • Full-time, Bachelor’s degree programmes offered locally by Plymouth University (UK) in collaboration with HKU SPACE Centre for Degree Programmes (CDP):
    • 18-month, Bachelor of Science (Honours) Hospitality Management;
    • 18-month, Bachelor of Science (Honours) Tourism Management.
 

Career Prospects

Upon graduation, students will be able to explore career opportunities in Hong Kong, the China Mainland, and overseas in a number of areas such as hotels, airlines, travel agencies, theme parks, service-related firms, industry associations or government tourism organisations. Some of our graduates are working in deluxe hotels, including the Peninsula, Grand Hyatt, Four Seasons, InterContinental Grand Stanford, Mandarin Oriental and Sheraton as well as airlines such as Dragonair and Virgin Atlantic.

Applicants will need to attend the Diploma in Foundation Studies programme (Business – Management) (HP 82 – 409), and must satisfy all conditions specified by the programme administration before applying for admission to this 2-year Higher Diploma programme.

2-year Higher Diploma Programme

HKDSE

  • Level 2 or above in 5 subjects^ (including Chinese Language and English Language);

OR

HKALE

  • Pass in one AL subject or two AS subjects in the HKALE; AND three passes in the HKCEE* PLUS Level 2 / Grade E or above in Chinese Language and English Language, or equivalent;

Applicants whose HKDSE / HKALE results do not meet the entry requirements of the 2-year Higher Diploma programme should apply for admission to the Diploma in Foundation Studies programme@.

OR

  • Hold a recognised Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme, Certificate in General Studies Programme, Pre-Associate Degree Programme or Foundation Programme qualification; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.

Applicants are allowed to use not more than two Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. The recognition of the ApL subjects is as follows: “Attained with distinction” is deemed equivalent to Level 3; and “Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2.

Applicants are allowed to use not more than two Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. Successful completion of an ApL subject will be recognised as comparable to a HKCEE pass (not including Chinese Language and English Language).

Applicants will need to attend the Diploma in Foundation Studies programme (Business – Management) (HP 82 – 409), and must satisfy all conditions specified by the programme administration before applying for admission to this 2-year Higher Diploma programme.


Applicants who do not possess the above academic qualifications, but are aged 21 or above and have relevant working experience will be considered by the College.

 

Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme@

HKDSE

  • Level 2 or above in English Language and Level 1 or above in Chinese Language; AND at least 7 points+ in the best five subjects#^;

If the candidate has attempted less than five subjects but obtained 7 points or above, the application will still be considered.

OR

HKCEE

  • Three passes in the HKCEE* PLUS Level 2 / Grade E or above in Chinese Language and English Language, or equivalent;

OR

  • Completed Project Yi Jin with satisfactory results; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.

Applicants will need to attend the Diploma in Foundation Studies programme (Business – Management) (HP 82 – 409), and must satisfy all conditions specified by the programme administration before applying for admission to this 2-year Higher Diploma programme.

Level 5** = 7 points; Level 5* = 6 points; Level 5 = 5 points; Level 4 = 4 points; Level 3 = 3 points; Level 2 = 2 points; Level 1 = 1 point.

Applicants are allowed to use not more than two Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. The recognition of the ApL subjects is as follows: “Attained with distinction” is deemed equivalent to Level 3; and “Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2.

Applicants are allowed to use not more than two Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. Successful completion of an ApL subject will be recognised as comparable to a HKCEE pass (not including Chinese Language and English Language).


Applicants who do not possess the above academic qualifications, but are aged 21 or above and have relevant working experience will be considered by the College.

Higher Diploma Year 1*

  • General English III
  • English for Academic and Professional Purposes Part I
  • Introduction to Multimedia
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Daily Life Applications
  • Principles of Tourism
  • Introduction to the Hospitality Industry
  • Marketing for Hospitality and Tourism
  • Service Management in the Hospitality Industry
  • Front Office Management
  • Housekeeping Operation
  • Introduction to Food and Beverage Management
  • Introduction to Catering Management 

 

 

Higher Diploma Year 2*

  • English for Academic and Professional Purposes Part II
  • English for Business
  • Practical Chinese
  • Intra- and Interpersonal Competencies
  • Accounting in Service Industries
  • Human Resources Management in the Hotel Industry
  • Consumer Behavior in the Tourism Industry
  • Special Issues in Sustainable Tourism and Ethics
  • Placement 

 

* The choice of the courses in the programme may be replaced by another course under the same category depending on availability in a particular semester.