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Tourism and Hospitality Management

HIGHER DIPLOMA IN Tourism and Hospitality Management

Programme Code

  • HP001 Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS)
  • HP806 Year 1 & 2, Higher Diploma (HD)

DFS Application Code: HP 82-402@

HD Application Code: HP 83-806

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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 indeluxe hotels and service-related firms. 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, Shangri-la and Renaissance etc.

 

Opportunities for Further Studies

Programmes offered by local universities

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes offered by local universities (including HKU), including Year 3 of the 4-year, BSc (Hons) in Hotel Management / BSc (Hons) in Tourism Management offered by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

The list below shows the UGC-funded degree offers that our graduates/ students received in the past*:

  • The University of Hong Kong
    Bachelor of Arts
  • City University of Hong Kong
    BA Chinese and History
    BA Media and Communication
    BBA Business Analysis
    BBA Business Operations Management
    BSocSc Asian and International Studies
    BSocSc Public Policy and Politics
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    BSc (Hons) in Hotel Management
    BSc (Hons) in Tourism Management
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
    BBA (Hons) Human Resources Management Concentration

*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.

Programmes offered by overseas universities

Graduates are also eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes offered by overseas universities:

  • Full-time, Bachelor’s degree programmes offered locally by overseas universities in collaboration with HKU SPACE International College (IC):
    • 18-month, Bachelor of Science (Honours) Hospitality Management, University of Plymouth (UK);
    • 18-month, Bachelor of Science (Honours) Tourism Management, University of Plymouth (UK);
    • 2-year, Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) in International Festival and Event Management, Edinburgh Napier University (UK).

 

Career Prospects

Upon graduation, students will be able to explore career opportunities in Hong Kong, Mainland China, 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 – 402), 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

  • Obtain Level 2 or above in 5 subjects* including English Language and Chinese Language# in the HKDSE Examination; OR
  • Hold a recognised Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme; OR
  • Hold a Diploma Yi Jin; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.

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

 

Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme@

  • Obtain Level 1 or above in English Language and Chinese Language# in the HKDSE Examination, AND at least 6 points+ in the best 5 subjects*^; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.

 

Mature Students

Applicants who do not possess the above academic qualifications, but are aged 21 or above and with relevant work experience will be considered on individual merit.

 

*Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. The recognition of the ApL subjects is as follows: 

“Attained with Distinction (II)” is deemed equivalent to Level 4 or above;
“Attained with Distinction (I)” is deemed equivalent to Level 3; and 
“Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 in the HKDSE Examination.

#ApL Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students) would be accepted as an alternative Chinese Language qualification.

@ Applicants will need to attend the Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS) programme (Business Management) (HP 82-402), and must satisfy all conditions specified by the programme administration before applying for admission to these 2-year Higher Diploma programmes.

^ If the candidate has attempted less than 5 subjects but obtained 6 points or above, the application will still be considered.

+ 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.

Diploma in Foundation Studies

  • General English I & II
  • College Speaking
  • College Writing / Foundation English
  • Foundation of Chinese Language / The Science of Everyday Life
  • Chinese Language Enhancement / Western Images of China
  • General Mathematics
  • Elements of Business
  • Multiple Intelligences and Competencies
  • Understanding Hong Kong Popular Culture

 

Higher Diploma Year 1

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

 

Higher Diploma Year 2

  • Practical Chinese*
  • English for Academic Purposes II
  • Placement 
  • Accounting in Service Industries
  • Human Resources Management in the Hotel Industry
  • Consumer Behavior in the Tourism Industry
  • Special Issues in Sustainable Tourism and Ethics

 

* Non-Chinese speaking students or students who have not received sufficient training in the Chinese language may apply for exemption from the Chinese course(s), and alternative courses may be assigned.