Certificate in Food and Beverage Operations [Consortium]

Letterkenny Institute of Technology (6243)
Key Programme Details


NFQ Level

6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Head of Department of Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Arts,

Skills Area


General Information

Donna Mulligan




(0)74 9186600/9186613


School of Tourism, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Shore Road, Killybegs, Co Donegal F94DV52, IRELAND


Admissions, School of Tourism

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About this Course

The aim of the programme is to provide learners with the professional craft and supervisory skills in bar and restaurant service in order to provide a quality and unique customer experience in the Irish Tourism Industry.


Programme Learning Outcomes
At the end of this programme the learner will be able to;

-Demonstrate with competence and creativity practical skills in the following areas: bar & beverage service, casual dining, culinary skills, mixology and customer communications.
-Comprehend and apply fundamental business principles to bar & restaurant service operations – Marketing, Merchandising and Sales & Cost Control
-Discuss current industry trends including major product and market trends affecting the national and international tourism and hospitality industry

-Display a practical application of information and communications technologies (ICTs) relevant to bar & beverage operations and hospitality industry, including the following: Email, Internet, Word Processing, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Property Management and Reservations Systems e.g., Fidelio, EPOS (e.g. Micros or an equivalent).
-Apply communication skills in a confident, customer orientated and professional manner both individually and as a member of a team

-Assess customer needs and develop selling and merchandising techniques
-Engage in a personal capacity in self-directed and independent learning
-Apply skill and knowledge to a work based learning setting in an effective and efficient manner
-Identify and apply appropriate legislation, in relation to: equality, employment, environmental best practice, food safety legislation, health and safety, and licensing laws

Entry Requirements

Applicants who hold a QQI(FET) award at NVQ Level 5 or equivalent. The Institute's Policy on Non-standard applicants applies. Applicants may also be required to attend interview.

Long Description

This one-year part-time programme will provide the participant with practical hands on experience and the opportunity to complement college based learning with work-based learning in industry.

The modules to be completed as part of this programme are:

• Food and Beverage Studies
• ICT and Descriptive Statistics
• Food and Beverage Cost Control
• Learning and Research for Higher Education
• Specialised Restaurant Theory
• Beverage Studies
• Event Management
• Communications and Professional Development
• Work Placement

Career Opportunities

The three main industry sector groupings targeted in this programme design are the hotel industry, as represented by the Irish Hotels Federation with 1000 members employing 57,000, the Pub Trade, as represented by the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland, with 4000 members employing 40,500, and the Restaurant Industry, as represented by the Restaurants’ Association of Ireland with 3,500 members employing 72,000.

Our dedicated careers office and placement office will ensure that students on the programme are well –equipped with the necessary skills to find employment on completion of the programme. The services provided include a range or workshops and ono-to-one career advice services.
Students will also be able to avail of seminars, presentations and interview sessions by hospitality companies who attend the campus to recruit full-time students.
Students also have access to a range of services to find jobs internationally, particularly HOSCO – a member only global industry HR network – of which LYIT School of Tourism is a member, as well as the services of international agencies such as Placement International.

Timetable Info

17 hours

Delivery Location

School of Tourism, Killybegs Campus, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Shore Road, Killybegs, Co Donegal, F94 DV52, Ireland.

Delivery Notes

Daytime – blended delivery

Admissions Contact Details

Brian McGonagle


Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Port Road, Letterkenny, County Donegal, F92 C93, Ireland





RPL Information


Application Procedures

Step 1: Register on springboardcourses.ie

Step 2: Log-in on Springboard website and apply for course(s).

Step 3: Brian Mc Gonagle will respond to your application and request all relevant documentation. Note your application will not be processed until all documentation has been received.

Gather all required documentation (required documentation differs depending on course):
- Social welfare receipt, letter from social welfare or letter from commissioner of oaths
- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts/college results
- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name
- Any other relevant documentation to support your application, such as a CV or professional certificates.

All requested documentation are compulsory documents. It can take time to gather these documents so please give yourself adequate time to do so.

Step 4: Once your application and documentation has been uploaded and received it will be sent to the Head of Department and reviewed.

Step 5: You will receive an email letting you know if your application is successful or unsuccessful.

Step 6: Log-in to Springboardcourses.ie to accept your offer.