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Course Information

Aim: To equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to understand the role of tourism and structures within the tourist industry, and to provide visitor information.
Participant Profile: Course is suitable for those who require a formal qualification and skills to work in the hospitality/tourism industry.
Duration: 4 days (normally 1 day per week) or equivalent contact delivery days in a classroom setting. Learners will be required to complete work outside of class time.
Credit Value: 15 Credits


  1. Explain the concepts of ‘tourism’ and ‘the tourist’
  2. Outline the major sectors which make up the modern tourist industry
  3. Describe a range of types of tourism and their relevance in the national tourist market, including incoming, outgoing, domestic, business, leisure, excursions, adventure, cultural, package independent, personal and eco-tourism
  4. Outline the factors which have influenced the growth and development of tourism nationally and internationally
  5. Explain the role of travel trade intermediaries and the growing impact of internet usage on consumer travel decisions
  6. Describe the effects of tourism at local, regional, national and international levels, including social, economic, cultural and environmental


Entry Requirement: Minimum of Level 4 certificate standard of education. Strong interest in or working in the hospitality/tourism industry. A strong level of spoken and written English required.
Assessment: Examination - Theory 70% Project 30%. Learners will receive assignment briefs and guidelines on completing these assessments.
Tutor Profile: All tutors are highly qualified and experienced in the hospitality/tourism area.
Support: A range of accommodations and supports are available according to specific learner needs. One to one and email support available from tutors throughout the course.
Resources: Learners receive a comprehensive resource pack that can be used as a reference during and after the course.
Booking Process & Fee: Booking Form available by email to admin@barrowtraining.ie or online at www.barrowtraining.ie . Discounts available if the course is booked and paid in full online.
Transfer/progression: Successful completion enables the learner to transfer to programmes leading to other certificates where this component is a mandatory or an elective requirement at Level 5 & 6.

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