Tourism and Tour Guiding

Daytime Course



Course Commencement

These Course will commence again in Sept 2020, you can apply now as courses are often full by June, if you do apply now we may not contact you back immediately, in the meantime If you have a question regarding Day courses please email

Course Description

Are you interested in working in Ireland's Largest Industry, Hospitality, Heritage and Tourism, would you like to work in a Hotel, Tourism Information a Tourist Site/attractions , Would you like to be a registered Fáilte Ireland Regional Tour Guide and listed on their website or work in Event Management or the Tourist industry. Would you like run or to be involved in running festivals or Events.? How about working in the hospitality sector?

This is a unique opportunity for you, secure work experience, learn about history and culture, learn to produce an event, gain hospitality skills and discover worldwide tourism practices.

The Award

A national Certificate QQI level 5 in Tourism with Business 5M5011 Major Award and QQI Level 6 Special Purpose Award in Regional Tour Guiding 6S20233 Level 6 is awarded on successful completion. The awards are recognised within the National Framework of Qualifications (See Below)

To obtain a full QQI Major Award Level 5 a learner must be successful in 8 components and the level 6 award on the successful completion of Irish Natural Heritage and Culture 6N20231 and Irish Tour Guiding 6N20231. Both qualifications are taught on the course.


Student services cost of €250 pays for all books, photocopying etc.

Department of Education & Skills: €200*

QQI Fees €50*

*Note Students with medical cards or in receipt of social welfare are exempt from paying the Dept. of Education & Skills fee and the QQI exam fee .

Instalment plan for fees available

Book Loan Scheme: All course text books are loaned to students and are paid for under the student services cost. Students on completion of course on return of books.

Course Content

  • Tourism Principles and Practice 5N2078 (Credit Value 15 -mandatory)

National and International Tourism. Understand the tourist product of Ireland as a unique destination and how to promote and sell it. Identify a range of international and national tourist attractions. Learn about tourist profiles and how they impact on tourist markets. Extensive field trips and site visits are an integral part of this component.

  • Tourism Information and Administration 5N0636 (Credit Value 15 -mandatory)

Work independently in a tourist information office or in the front office of a range of tourism enterprises. Emphasis on providing advice to visitors on coaches, walking tours, places of interest etc.

  • Work Experience 5N1356 (Credit Value 15 -mandatory) Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practise employability skills with a view to future planning.

  • Communications 5N0690 (Credit Value 15 -mandatory) Acquire the writing skills needed for the workplace, learn to speak fluently and coherently in a professional setting, develop interpersonal skills and have an understanding of the impact of ICT on society.

  • Irish Cultural and Heritage Resources 5N1293 (Credit Value 15 -mandatory)– Learn on the move! 10 cultural and heritage site visits incorporating evaluation and illustrating the principles of good heritage management in Ireland. Play an active role in the planning, implementation, presentation and management of a cultural or heritage event.

  • Word Processing 5N1358(Credit Value 15 -mandatory) – Create and edit documents to a professional standard. Utilise Memos and Mail merge for streamlining customer communication

  • Event Production 5N1374 (Credit Value 15 -mandatory) -To enable the learner prepare, plan and assist in producing an event while exploring all the elements necessary to run the event, including safety and health regulations

  • Irish Natural Heritage and Culture 6N20231 (Credit Value 15 -mandatory)

  • Irish Tour Guiding 6N20231 (Credit Value 15 -mandatory)

Work Experience

Work experience placement is an integral part of this course. Candidates gain first-hand experience by attending appropriate and related work placements within the community care environment. Garda clearance is essential to partake in work experience which comprises a minimum of 10 days placement.

Progression Options

This accreditation may offer an alternative route to third level Education. Career prospects include Reception , Hospitality, Heritage & Tourism Information Center, Travel Agency, Tour Guide and Self Employment.

Finance Opportunities

Student Grant (SUSI)

Means tested student grants are available to students (school-leavers) who are progressing to a QQI Level 5/6 Award or equivalent, and who have not previously studied an award at similar or higher level on the National Framework of Qualifications. The amount of the grant depends on family income and on the distance a student travels from their place of residence to the college.

Applications: Student Grant applications can be made online only to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through Applications can be made from May and should be made before starting a course. BTEA or VTOS recipients are not eligible for the student grant.

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Social Welfare Recipients

All Social Welfare recipients are advised to contact their local Social Welfare Office before commencement of a course. This is to get permission to do a course while continuing on their benefits and also to ensure that they get full entitlements.

If you are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance you must transfer to VTOS or BTEA (others may be able choose to stay on their current benefits)


The BTEA allows students in receipt of certain Social Welfare benefits to retain those payments while attending a full-time day course in the College. Students receive the maximum standard rate of payment and participants are not required to sign on.

Plus, if you have a dependent child, a Cost of Education Allowance of €500.

Applications: BTEA is a scheme administered by the Department of Social Welfare. Applicants over 21 years of age (with some exceptions) and in receipt of certain Social Welfare payments for at least 3 months may apply to their local Social Welfare Office for the Back to Education Allowance. Applications for BTEA must be made prior to starting an approved full-time course but late applications will be accepted up to 30 days after commencement of a course. Please contact your local Social Welfare Office to obtain the BTE1 application form and for full details and advice on eligibility. The BTE1 application form can also be found on and should be returned to your local Social Welfare Office.


Applicants over 21 years of age and in receipt of Social Welfare payment for at least 156 days before commencement of course, may apply for VTOS funding. VTOS is aimed in particular at unemployed people who are early school-leavers.

Retain Social Welfare benefits, plus free books and materials at the start of the course, meal allowance, travel allowance,

Applications: If you are eligible, fill in a VTOS application form (available from St Colmans Community College Midleton reception) and return it to the College. As VTOS places are limited it is advisable to submit an early application. Students who are eligible for VTOS, but who do not secure a VTOS place are advised to apply to their local Social Welfare office for a Back to Education Allowance (BTEA).

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Subsidised/Paid For Childcare

The CETS scheme which paid for PLC students childcare requirements is no longer in operation. This scheme has been taken into National Childcare scheme. Application is made online at The National Childcare Scheme.

In accepting the place you are agreeing to abide by CETB (Cork Education and Training Board) policies in respect of adult learners which can be accessed here.