Certificate in Food and Beverage Operations

Waterford Institute of Technology (8438)
Key Programme Details

Level 6 Certificate - 60 Credits

NFQ Level

Level 6 About NFQ

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Part Time

ECTS Credits


General Information

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About this Course

This course aims to provide learners with the professional craft skills in bar and restaurant service in order to deliver a delightful and unique food and beverage customer experience in the Irish tourism industry. It offers both theory and practice at entry level, including a period of work placement in a food and beverage organisation at the end of the second semester.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a Leaving Certificate [ or equivalent major award at Level 5 – see http://www.nfq-qqi.com/index.html )

Applicants who do not currently meet the academic entry requirements may wish to consider using WIT's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) mechanism. The Springboard RPL form is available at:

Please complete the form electronically and submit by email along with all supporting documentation such as education and training certificates etc.

Applicants for whom english is not their first language will, in all cases, be required to submit certification that they meet WIT’s English Language Competency Requirements - please see www.wit.ie/about_wit/documents_and_policies/english_language_requirements

Where there are more applicants than places on the course, a selection interview will take place.

Long Description

This course guarantees the application of skills with integration of theoretical knowledge for food and beverage operations, thanks to practical classes being delivered in state-of-the-art facilities. This course is tailored for applicants who wish to progress in food and beverage roles within the hospitality and tourism industry.

This level 6 ‘Certificate in Food and Beverage Operations’ programme is delivered part-time over one calendar year. Learners will receive a uniform and knife set upon registration of the course.

Course outline
Semester 1
Learners attend WIT for a range of practical and theoretical classes taking 4 modules. These include a preparation for academic learning module, a module considering cost control for food and beverage supervision, a hands-on module on restaurant service skills at entry level, and an information technology module to assist for workplace skills and learning in college.
Semester 2
Learners again attend WIT for practical modules, including a bar service and cocktail making skills module, and a culinary module delivered in training kitchens. Theory modules include Communications/Customer care, and a module exploring career planning and personal development in preparation for placement.
Semester 3
Learners undertake a work placement (240 hours) in a food and beverage organisation, and complete a project during their work placement to reflect on their learning experiences.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are provided with a qualification recognised at a national level. They will have a solid foundation in food and beverage operational skills and junior supervisory techniques. This qualification offers ideal progression opportunities for service roles in the hotel, restaurant and contract catering sectors.
Successful completion of the course will also allow learners to progress to year 2 of the Higher Certificate in Hospitality Studies programme.

Delivery Notes

The programme delivery includes a blend of face-to-face and online lectures in classrooms, and practical learning experiences in the Tourism and Leisure building facilities.
WIT has world class facilities which allow students to learn practical and applied skills in the fully operational Fine dining training restaurant and Bistro training restaurant, training bar and lounge, training kitchens, and Information Technology laboratories.
The course shares some modules with the first year of Higher Certificate in Arts in Hospitality Studies.

Admissions Contact Details
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