Certificate Certificate in Food and Beverage Operations

Certificate in Food and Beverage Operations (Springboard)

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

  • This course is designed for those who wish to work in service roles in the hotel/ restaurant/ contract catering sectors.
  • This course includes a mixture of classroom and practical hospitality classes. These are taught in our state-of-the-art facilities, which include dedicated training kitchens, a stylish restaurant and modern classrooms and IT labs.
  • The course is free for everyone. You will receive a uniform and knife set on registration.

What will I experience?

  • Core subjects covered including Food Service, Communication, Marketing, Beverage Studies and more.
  • You will learn fundamental food and beverage skills from our dedicated and highly experience lecturers, taught in our fantastic facilities.
  • On this course you take a compulsory work placement at the end of your first year.

What opportunities might it lead to?

  • The Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure offers all students the opportunity to take part in overseas field trips to explore international hospitality. In the last three years our students have visited China, Dubai, Malaysia, Poland, Italy, France and Spain, among others.
  • Completion of the course will allow you to progress to year 2 of the Higher Certificate in Bar Supervision.
  • Completion of the course will open up new opportunities in the food and beverage service sector.

Additional Information

  • Applications to be made on www.springboardcourses.ie
  • Applicants must also upload supporting documentation with regard to eligibility on the Springboard AMS.
  • Please contact Ms Georgina Hogan on ghogan@ait.ie with enquiries

Assessment Information

​You will be assessed through:

  • Practical work
  • Continuous assessment
  • Attendance
  • Exams
  • Presentations
  • Online.

Course Details

Course Fees:
Free for eligible Springboard participants
Course Duration:
1 Year
Course Commencement Date:
  • Teaching commences early September, date TBC
    Course Award:
    Course NFQ Level:
    Level 6
    Dept of Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure
    Minimum Entry Requirements:
    • Candidates must have a Level 5 (i.e. Leaving Certificate or full Further Education award) to gain admittance for a Level 6 course.
    • Mature candidates (23+) are also eligible to apply.
    • Candidates who do not have English as a first language will have to demonstrate competence in ability to complete assignments.
    • Candidates should have a strong interest in working in the hospitality industry.

    Lecturer Testimonial

    Dymphna Scanlon, Lecturer in Hospitality Management Profile Image

    Dymphna Scanlon, Lecturer in Hospitality Management

    "The hospitality industry is a dynamic, ever evolving industry that provides a wealth of employment opportunities around the world. Now is the right time to begin your career in this fantastic industry!"

    Student Testimonial

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    AIT hospitality and tourism students in Dubai

    "Dubai was an incredible experience for us. It was a place we never thought we would have wanted to visit but now we have a whole new perspective for ourfuture careers! We loved seeing the different culture and learning about the history of Dubai."

    Student Testimonial

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    Hospitality and tourism students in Shanghai

    Annual field trips to world leading cities help students develop awareness of global issues, standards and opportunities.

    Student Testimonial

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    Anna Pilska, Diploma in Restaurant Management, 2015

    "The Diploma in Restaurant Management gave me the best professional preparation and confidence in my work performance. I had many years experience in restaurants before, but that course opened my mind to what I was doing right or wrong."

    Course Structure

    Year 1

    ​Learning and Development for Higher Education

    Food and Beverage Studies


    Communications and Professional Development

    Specialised Restaurant Theory

    Beverage Studies

    Event Management

    Food and Beverage Cost Control

    Course Facilities

    Careers & Opportunities

    Further Study

    Upon completion of this course you can progress to Year 2 of our Higher Certificate in Bar Supervision (full time)

    Higher Certificate in Arts Bar Supervision

    Higher Certificate in Arts

    Facility Gallery

    The Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure
    Hospitality students in the Burj al Arab, Dubai
    Hospitality students in the Burj al Arab, Dubai
    Training Bar in the Hospitality Building
    Training Restaurant in the Hospitality Building
    Training Restaurant in the Hospitality Building
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